Ireland pilots basic wage plan for artists

Ireland pilots basic wage plan for artists


norman lebrecht

November 11, 2021

The view from over there:

The Irish Culture and Arts Minister, Catherine Martin, has announced that the Government will pilot a €25 million basic income guarantee scheme for artists and art workers in 2022.

The three-year scheme is devised to address the creative sector in Ireland, amongst the worst hit by the economic trauma of Covid-19. The Irish Government has also stated that it will maintain the raised budget of €130m the Irish Arts Council received to address pandemic issues including €25m for the live entertainment sector….

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  • John Borstlap says:

    Very enlightened view.

    But also difficult to realize. Who are the artists, which categories, and according to which standards? Do individual – i.e. non-affiliated artists – also count as ‘artists’? And who is going to decide?

    I hope the Irish will have a look into earlier experiments of this nature: the Soviet Union, and The Netherlands.

  • Mecky Messer says:

    Oh!! I’m an artist! Don’t you see my instagram page where I play the harmonica by farting?

    I have 50,000 followers, more than plenty of orchestras or arts associations.

    Where’s my check?