Artists and arts organisations across the country are suffering enormous financial losses and facing an uncertain future as a direct result of the Covid-19 public health crisis, new data from the Arts Council shows.
Via The Arts Council
Surveys carried out by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, show that 90 percent of artists have been impacted by cancelled or postponed events, with a great many describing the effect on their financial situation as ‘severe’ and almost half applying for the Government’s Covid-19 emergency payment.
Arts organisations estimated the loss of audience at 2.4 million people and growing, with more than 12,000 events cancelled and hundreds of staff members being laid off.
Arts Council Chair Prof. Kevin Rafter has said the information gathered from the surveys will help the Arts Council better understand the impact of jobs and livelihoods, and the responses needed to help the sector come through the months ahead….