The Big Freelancer Report


At this vital moment in the rebuilding of the sector, it is essential that freelancers are given an opportunity to shape what the ‘new normal’ looks like.

We are gathering the most urgent, innovative and dynamic thinking being explored by the freelance community into a single report. The report will create a snapshot of where the workforce is at and where it needs to go next.

This project is funded by Arts Council England.


How can you help?

Freelancers have spent 8 months reckoning with all that is wrong with our sector and dreaming of a better, more creative, more inclusive future. But the window of opportunity to influence discussions around ‘cultural recovery’ is closing. It is vital that the thinking we’ve done and the questions we’ve asked of ourselves, our industry and our government are heard.

The Big Freelancer Report aims to gather the campaigns, advocacy, analysis, critiques, manifestos and ‘what ifs’ that our workforce have generated since 23 March into a single document.

This is a ‘call out’ for papers. If you’ve created, written, contributed to or read anything that you feel speaks to this moment, we want to read it too.

What are we looking for?


Anything created by or for freelancers during lockdown. Anything that deserves a wider readership. No matter how local, how discipline specific, how ‘blue sky,’ how angry: if it speaks to the moment and to our shared future, send it our way.

  • Reports
  • Manifestos
  • Survey results
  • Data
  • Campaigns
  • Websites
  • Blog pieces
  • Articles
  • Brilliant Twitter exchanges

We’ll keep the submissions window open until the 31st December.

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What happens next?


Everything we receive will be read by our team of researchers and analysts who will then categorise, summarise and chronicle this work in a single report.

As well as providing a ‘landing pad’ for the great work that has been created during lockdown, the report will include:

  • The results of a vital new survey to be launched in the new year
  • Analysis of the impact of the Culture Recovery Fund on freelancers
  • A timeline detailing the decisions made by Treasury, DCMS and sector leadership since March and how each has impacted our lives and livelihoods
  • Analysis of the fragility of our business model in the post-pandemic landscape
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Where does the report go?

The report will be published in the Spring of next year by Freelancers Make Theatre Work. It will be available for all of us to read and engage with and will be sent to our ‘project partners’ who include:

  • Senior sector leaders
  • Drama school leadership
  • Arts Council England decision makers
  • DCMS policy makers
  • Shadow Cabinet
  • Allies in our industry’s trade unions

The report will be formally ‘launched’ at a colloquium which invites key individuals from the groups listed above to hear a summary of our findings. We’ve all seen what happens when the freelance voice is not invited to the conversation. It’s our turn to invite the sector to hear us speak.

How do I submit something to The Big Freelancer Report?


Any way you can!

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