april 2011
8 p.

In 2008, France’s association for managing artist-authors’ social security, AGESSA (Association pour la gestion de la sécurité sociale des auteurs) had 11,000 artist-author members, mainly in the books, photography and audiovisual fields. Member numbers have risen 58% over the last fifteen years. Two-thirds of artist-author members are men. However, the number of women is increasing, particularly writers, photographers and authors of audiovisual and dramatic works. The artist-author population is relatively old (average age 49), and with strong representation in the Île de France. About 50% of its members share in less than 10% of AGESSA members’ total artist-author revenue, whilst some 10% of the wealthier artist-authors are responsible for half of this income.