Classical Notes: Musicians scramble to save their livelihoods from ravages of Covid crisis

The government has been accused of mustering an inadequate response to the coronavirus in the shape of its €1 million Arts Council fund

19th April, 2020
Classical Notes: Musicians scramble to save their livelihoods from ravages of Covid crisis
Irish National Opera‘s Madama Butterfly

The reaction to the government’s supports for the performing arts and culture sector has been largely negative since they were announced a few weeks ago. The main criticism is regarding support of freelance artists and solo performers, who fall outside the strict guideline set by the Arts Council for special aid for loss of their livelihoods due to Covid-19.

The pressure group, National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), says that during...

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