Senior Artists’ Research Project


In 2006, a group of artists’ associations and individuals came together in response to the growing awareness that senior Canadian artists are experiencing significant challenges. Before they could develop the programs and services to respond to these challenges, they realized they needed quantitative data. In 2009, they launched the Senior Artists Research Project (SARP), a three-year project which is investigating the circumstances, situation, needs and interests of Canadian senior artists, looking at what services are presently available to them, and examining relevant international models.

In 2011, the SARP steering Committee agreed to launch the Canadian Senior Artists' Resource Network (CSARN), a new organization that would be focused exclusively on assisting professional artists to live out their senior years in dignity and respect.

Press Release


Summary of Findings


SARP Steering Committe Members

The Actors' Fund of Canada
Actra Fraternal Benefit Society
American Federation of Musicians, Canada
Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Canadian Artists' Representation (CARFAC)
Canadian Music Centre
Cultural Careers Council Ontario
Dancer Transition Resource Centre
Directors Guild of Canada
PAL Canada Foundation
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Union des artistes
Writers Guild of Canada
The Writers’ Union of Canada
Carol Anderson
Joysanne Sidimus, Project Director
Celine Marks, Administrator
Garry Neil, Consultant


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