‘Who will be prioritised?’ Irish government announces plans to pay creatives a basic income

We spoke to Sunil Sharpe and Annex Agency director Laetitia Deering about the scheme, which is still in the early stages.

The Irish government has announced plans to pay creatives a basic income, the BBC reports. Though the exact terms are still TBC, it’s anticipated that the Basic Income For The Arts (BIA) will pay approximately 2,000 musicians, artists, actors and other performers for three years, at a suggested rate of €10.50 per hour. In December, Catherine Martin, the minister for tourism, culture, arts, gaeltacht, sport and media, hosted a stakeholder forum with almost 200 artists and workers […]

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