Painting by numbers:
A Chicago economist has written a book which analyses the artistic avante-garde from the 1890s to the 1960s, as if it were just another industry. Also over in the USA they’re planning a set of statistical indicators to measure the outputs and inputs of the Humanities. “So you spent the whole day just ‘thinking’, Professor Gregor? And what were the outputs on that? You made a cup of tea, mowed the lawn, and read a poem? I see.”

Cache diving:
An interesting report from the UK’s Photo Imaging National Training Organisation, although apparently now only available from ‘trash diving’ in Google’s cache: “The research (of 17,000 photographers – of which just over 900 in the West & East Midlands) shows that 65% of freelance photographers say there are gaps in their skills, with more than half of these mentioning digital technology and computer literacy as problem areas. The research showed that many freelancers had difficulty in finding training and in sparing the time to carry it through. Substantial numbers had taught themselves, or had made informal contacts with colleagues for training.”

Fluffy bunnies vs. wolves:
The Ecology of the Creative Community in Nottingham’s Lace Market area in the spring of 2000; as it was on the point of succumbing to gentrification and colonisation by ‘the leisure industry’. (PDF, 12 pages, 36kb). It’s better than many such reports, and manages to suggest some of the sheer fluidity of a dynamic & localised ‘scene’ among creative/artistic micro-businesses.