Artistic licence

Artistic freedom’s cost

21st August, 2015
Sinéad O’Connor recently spoke out about how little artists are paid. Picture: Getty

Some months back, I interviewed an Irish musician for this newspaper. Her new album was in the Irish charts and gaining significant radio airplay. She was award-nominated, and she had sung on big TV shows for the likes of Ryan Tubridy and Imelda May.

She arrived a little late to the interview, apologising and out of breath. She’d had trouble getting out of her shift at the restaurant, she explained. Later, when we were nearly...

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