Unpaid Work in the Creative Labour Market

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Unpaid Work in the Creative Labour Market

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dc.contributor.author Holm, Anthony B.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-27T10:08:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-27T10:08:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015-01-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10417/4955
dc.description.abstract The creative industries are known for being a difficult field for artists to navigate. Income conditions for artists are marked by great income inequalities with a spectrum ranging from very high incomes and low or even unpaid incomes. Intangible rewards such as gaining work experience and the chance to network seems to be replacing paid work. In many cases, unpaid work has now become the norm within certain industries. The creative industries are nonetheless highly attractive for artists to enter and the creative labour market now shows a market where the labour supply clearly exceeds the demand. In this thesis I will investigate the reasons behind the existence of unpaid work in these industries and the factors that contribute to this phenomenon. The research is conducted through an explorative study, taking base in already existing theoretical and empirical research conducted on artist’s labour markets, their careers and earnings. These findings are supplemented with qualitative interviews conducted with three different groups of creative workers, Graphic Designers, Fashion Designers and Contemporary artists. The research and analysis show that institutional circumstances and government subsidy for artistic training leads to an excess supply of artists in the market. Furthermore, in Denmark, lack of regulation on minimum wage contributes to the availability of low or zero cost labour for companies. The excess supply of labour, the legitimization of unpaid labour in the creative industries, and the willingness of creative workers to work in unpaid positions equally fuel a continuing cycle that contributes to the phenomenon of unpaid work. en_US
dc.format.extent 86 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Kandidatafhandlinger en_US
dc.title Unpaid Work in the Creative Labour Market en_US
dc.type mop en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics. INO en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Institut for Innovation og Organisationsøkonomi. INO en_US
dc.contributor.department Master of Social Sciences / MSocSc en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort 27 en_US
dc.description.notes Cand.soc.cbp. Management of Creative Business Processes en_US
dc.publisher.year 2014 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US
dc.title.subtitle A Qualitative study of the circumstances surrounding Artists Unpaid Work en_US

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