German musical celebrities have signed a letter to the federal cultural minister, calling for better security for lesser-known artists.
We, known and unknown artists, remember how often we have been asked over the years, for example after the financial crisis, to accept lower fees, to make a contribution to the diversity of the cultural landscape, and in most cases have done so.
In return we expect you to at least work for adequate default fees through the state-subsidized institutions… For all who work outside of subsidised culture, it is imperative to set them up in such a way that they are able to continue to make their valuable contribution to culture.
The signatories are led by:
Lisa Batiashvili, violinist
Matthias Goerne, singer
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist
René Pape, singer
Christian Thielemann, conductor