'Extremely Alarming' Pay Gap in Ireland'S Creative Industries


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"It is incredibly worrying that artists and workers in our sector are seeing decreased earnings while most other industries are experiencing positive uplift," Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact, says in a press release.

"We speak of promoting the concept of a sustainable career in the arts and music, but we are careening towards a tipping point where this working life is becoming untenable."

A review of pay and conditions in Ireland's arts and entertainment sector found the average weekly earnings in the last quarter of 2022 was 582.36, which is 65% of the average for employees across all sectors, per RTE.

That's a drop of 1.8% when compared to the last quarter of 2021.

The report, commissioned by two arts bodies in Ireland, First Music Contact and Theatre Forum, also found 91% of established artists and workers in the music industry and 88% of those working in the performing arts sector earned less than the national average weekly earnings.

The majority (79% of performing arts organizations and 65% of music industry enterprises) of arts and culture businesses that needed to recruit in the last quarter of 2022 reported encountering difficulties filling full-time, part-time, casual, and freelance roles.

The report predicts the trend could worsen, as 32% of respondents to the performing arts survey and Read the Entire Article


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