The Irish composer Siobhán Cleary has reportedly ‘turned down a large commission from two Arts Council-funded bodies because she was offered 20 per cent less than her male colleagues were in the last four years, for the same commission.’
This looks like a double first.
It may be the first time composer grants are judged on gender basis.
And it’s definitely the first time in my experience that any composer anywhere has sent back a juicy Arts Council cheque.
Read on here.