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Older artists: policies and programs of support for senior artists


D'Art research report: Policies and Programs of Support for Older Artists
D'Art Topics in Arts Policy, no. 28, December 2007
IFACCA and Joyce Zemans

The research, headed by Professor Joyce Zemans of York University, was undertaken at the request of the Canadian Artists’ Heritage Resource Centre Steering Committee. The D'Art report outlines a selection of policies and programs that provide support to senior artists who are experiencing financial difficulty or are no longer able to work. The initiatives, which come from eighteen countries, are classified into six broad types:

  • pension schemes
  • multi-year grants
  • guaranteed income
  • subsidised housing programs
  • dancer’s transition centres
  • grants for senior artists awarded for artistic contribution.



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The situation and needs of Canadian senior artists

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Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts

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D'Art report: Policies and Programs of Support for Older Artists

The D'Art report outlines a selection of policies and programs that provide support to senior artists who are experiencing financial difficulty or are no longer able to work. more >

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Essential Services for Aging Artists

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A Guide to the Living History Theater Program of Elders Share The Arts

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