The "By Artists, For Artist Survey"

Closed on November 1st

Thank you to all who took the survey and/or helped spread the word about it across the state!

Artmorpheus and the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) collaborated to create on-line tool, By Artists for Artists, to better assess and address the needs artists of all disciplines, makers, and creative entrepreneurs are living and working in Massachusetts.

The survey used a broad and inclusive definition of artists working in all disciplines. It encompassed: visual artists, musicians, composers, writers, poets, playwrights, new media artists, film makers, crafts people, actors, singers, performance artists, graphic designers, lighting designers, dancers, choreographers, and the like. The 2017 survey was also expanded to include makers and creative entrepreneurs*.

The project builds on the 2009 "Stand Up and Be Counted" project, the first-ever Massachusetts statewide survey of working artists of all disciplines. The 3,500 working artists who participated in the 2009 survey helped to change policies to benefit the communities of the creative sector.

The project is funded in part by grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and private donations. One must be a resident of Massachusetts to complete the survey.A full report full be released in 2018. If you would like more information, please contact the Kathleen Bitetti or Liora Beer at

For more in depth information, please see the press release

*Maker - an umbrella term for independent inventors, designers, and tinkerers. The maker movement is a convergence of traditional artisans and computer hackers. Makers tap into admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design, and personal technology such as 3D printers.
Creative Entrepreneur - set up as a for-profit or nonprofit business to produce a creative/artistic output, with the intent of building a financially profitable enterprise or sustainable organization.

The 2009 Stand Up and Be Counted final report is available as a pdf download: