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FAQs about Statistical insights on the arts
Updated in May of 2023
What topics are covered in the Statistical insights on the arts newsletter?
Many of the topics are shown in the “tags” that are displayed at the top of the homepage:
Equity (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility)
How often will the Statistical insights on the arts newsletter come out?
I am currently posting every Tuesday. The first post of the month is free / public, as are the short introductions to posts that are behind a paywall (every other Tuesday of the month). Occasionally, I will have a second post in a week.
Can I share and quote this research?
Full posts that are not behind a paywall can be shared (in your own newsletter, via email, etc.). In fact, there should be a share button in those posts.
Shorter quotes from posts that are behind a paywall: yes. By "shorter", I mean a limited number of sentences, no more than a paragraph in total length.
Suggested reference: Hill, Kelly. [Year, month, day of the post], [title of the post], Statistical insights on the arts, Hill Strategies Research Inc., [URL of the post].
Full posts that are behind a paywall may not be shared with people who are not paid subscribers, except for “sponsor/shareable'“ subscribers, who have paid for the right to share the full posts internally within their organizations.
Why the change to a subscription-based service?
Three key reasons: 1) the desire to keep creating arts insights of use to the arts community; 2) the need to generate revenues from this work, given that other funding sources haven't worked out; and 3) the ability to pursue research topics independent of funders' constraints.
What does "Sponsor/shareable” mean in the subscription options?
At this level, you will get:
1 custom post / year for a jurisdiction or discipline of your choice.
In 2023, that will be a highlight of census data.
A mention of your sponsorship in the custom post (e.g., “This post brought to you by …”).
The ability to share all posts within your organization.
The knowledge that you’re keeping the subscription rate low for artists and smaller organizations.
I believe that organizations with an arts and culture budget of $1 million or more should fall in this level. E.g., national, provincial, and local granting agencies, most municipalities, provincial and national government departments, plus a few larger arts organizations.
Why is the fee so much higher for sponsors / larger organizations?
Because you’ll get a lot in return (see bullet list above). It's also my way of keeping the fee for most people as low as possible. If I reach the dream of 1,200 paid subscribers (or its equivalent with sponsors), I will remove the paywall for all posts.
As a sponsor, you are granted permission to share all posts internally within your organization. No need for everyone to subscribe individually.
Little known fact: When I started the Statistical Insights on the Arts series in 2002, the subscription fee was $2,000. 20 years later, it's only $750. Please subscribe at this level. You’ll get a lot for this small investment, I think!
Can I pay monthly?
Yes, the monthly fee is $6. It's a bit cheaper on a yearly basis ($60/year). For some reason, Substack notes that this is the equivalent of $5/month, but you can't pay that fee on a monthly basis.
What about GST and HST?
All taxes are included in the fees. Unfortunately, I can't adjust the total amount based on the variable tax rates across Canada.
If you need to claim the GST on this payment, the net yearly fee is $57.14, with $2.86 GST. PST rates vary, but if you're in Ontario, the net yearly fee is $53.10, with $6.90 in PST.