2022 brought income lifeline for artists with pilot scheme


“It was during Covid that the sense of ‘precarious living’ really landed.”

Eoghan Carrick is a freelance theatre director, who also works as a writer, teacher and dramaturg – in fact, like many people working in the arts, he has had to diversify to earn a living.

Even before the pandemic, low pay was an issue in this sector with a 2018 survey finding that one third of artists and arts workers earned less than the hourly minimum wage.

Covid-19 made things even more difficult and Eoghan was one of many who found that his work just “fell away” in 2020.

The sector has now opened up again and earlier this year a major boost for those looking to rebuild their careers came with the introduction of a pilot ‘Basic Income for Artists’ scheme.

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