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Register for “The Creative Gig Economy” on Nov. 6

Christian Kelly, Public Relations & Events Manager

photo of a person crouching outside on a city street, holding a can of spray paint, adding a line of black to a canvas stretched across the road, outlining a painting of a colorful, street-art inspired violin
Artist painting during an AHA New Bedford 2nd Thursday event

Mass Cultural Council envisions a diverse creative and cultural sector that is valued as essential in the Commonwealth. But what do employment opportunities in our sector really look like? Many of the artists, culture bearers, and creative individuals who make up the creative economy are gig workers, who move from job to job – even multiple, concurrent jobs – piecing together income along the way, often without the benefits or protections afforded in other kinds of employment.

Join us for a discussion of what the gig economy means for individual artists and for the Commonwealth’s economy writ large. Our panel will include policy experts, advocates, and individual artists.

Expected speakers include:

  • Doug Howgate, President, Mass Taxpayers Foundation
  • Sara Hartmann, Program Director of Creative Entrepreneurship, Mass College of Art and Design
  • Emily Ruddock, Executive Director, MASSCreative
  • And additional panelists to be announced as confirmed, including those with lived experience as a worker in the creative gig economy

After the speaking program, all are welcome to visit a break-out room:

  1. Grants for Creative Individuals – Learn more about this new grant program to support creative expression, providing $5,000 grants to artists, culture bearers, and creative individuals in all artistic/creative disciplines
  2. Local Cultural Council Members – Our Communities Team will provide an overview for administering the LCC Program followed by a Q&A

Please be advised, this program has a maximum capacity of 70 people. Registration is strongly encouraged.

The Creative Gig Economy

Pao Arts Center
99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111

November 6, 2023 10am-12:30pm (Doors at 9:30am.)

UPDATE: Expected attendance at this event has reached capacity and so we’re no longer accepting new registrations.


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