Washington Filmworks and Whipsmart have been hearing a lot from creative workers about how hard it is to access government support programs. Creative workers talk a lot about the difficulty in navigating a system that is not designed to support gig work and suggest that they are often denied access to unemployment insurance, workers comp, healthcare and food assistance programs.
Change can only happen if we demonstrate the challenges that creative industries are having accessing the social safety net. To help identify the scope and scale of the challenges creative workers have accessing government assistance programs, we have designed a Social Safety Net Survey. The data from this survey will inform a report currently being drafted at the Department of Commerce about how non-traditional workers access government assistance programs.
The survey is designed for creative workers and we would appreciate it if you could use your resources and tools to help us reach creative workers across Washington State. You can find the survey HERE. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the survey and the deadline to fill out the survey is Wednesday, August 5.