Performing Arts Employment Survey

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Between September 2013 and May 2014, Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) conducted and analyzed a survey on training and employment needs on the Cambodian performing arts sector, as we needed a benchmark for our work. In August 2014 we released the findings. This survey, the first of its kind in Cambodia, was partially funded by the European Union.

The survey focused on researching on fees and work policies of performing arts professionals, on their training needs, and on specific barriers that prevent them from developing their careers. 

A representative sample of over 460 arts professionals was surveyed, including artists from theater, music, circus and dance, and other arts professionals such as technicians, managers or other supporting actors. Both urban and rural areas were investigated, including the provinces of Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Takeo, and Kampot.


This survey will be used as a building block in a wider EU-supported project, "Capacity building and professionalization of Cambodian performing arts sector towards a sustainable cultural industry", collaboratively led by Phare Ponleu Selpak, Krousar Thmey, Collectif Clowns d'ici et d'ailleurs, Chantiers-Ecole de Formation Professionnelle, and Cambodian Living Arts between March 2014 and February 2017. The results from this survey will be used by all partners to ensure actions are targeted and effective as they implement the project activities over the coming years.

Partially funded by The European Union.