Live Music Sector Calls For Date For Return Of Concerts And Other Cultural Events
The Music and Entertainment Association of Ireland (MEAI) has called for the government to set a date for the return of live concerts and other cultural events.
As reported by rte.ie, members of the live music sector will meet Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin today (Wednesday August 18) to discuss a roadmap for the return of live concerts and other cultural events in Ireland.
50% Of Sector's Workers At Risk Of Losing Their Jobs
MEAI spokesperson Matt McGranaghan reportedly said on RTÉ's Morning Ireland radio programme that 50% of the sector's workers are at risk of losing their jobs in the coming months, and that the industry has now had 525 days of continuous lockdown since March of last year.
McGranaghan reportedly said, "I think we need to be responsible about the reopening of the industry for the workforce and the general public", and reportedly called on the government to create a scenario so the reopening of the live music sector can occur on a set date.
McGranaghan reportedly said that up to 30% of workers in the sector who are on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) "will become unemployed" from September 14 as they are transitioned to jobseeker's allowance and are no longer permitted to be self-employed while on the payment.
McGranaghan reportedly said that it is anticipated that two months after that an 20% of workers in the sector will also move to this type of social welfare payment, leaving 50% of the sector’s workers "de facto unemployed", and that "the next six months could be more damaging than the previous 18 if a reopening strategy does not take everything into account."
Supports And Safe Resumption
McGranaghan reportedly said that the government needs to keep supports in place for this sector, and that it can be "sector specific" by keeping this sector closed and reopening other sectors.
McGranaghan reportedly said that events can take place and entertainment can resume safely, and "we need to stop making it the root cause of the entire spread of COVID-19".
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