Watchdog called to probe music labels' market dominance

22 Sep 2021

The Government has responded to a critical inquiry on streaming with a 12-month schedule of research and working groups to challenge industry practices.

Equity warns of hardship over Universal Credit cut

21 Sep 2021

Performers face financial hardship if the Government proceeds with plans to cut a £20 per week Universal Credit uplift.

53% of Equity members in a new survey said the policy would hurt them.

41% said they would be unable to meet essential costs, with a third unable to continue seeking work in the industry.

Equity believes the cut will have an even more pronounced impact on younger talent, underrepresented groups and those from working class backgrounds.

"These changes to Universal Credit will plunge thousands of Equity members into poverty or force them to leave the profession,” Equity’s Lead Tax and Welfare Rights Official Alan Lean said.

The union has called on the Government to abandon the proposed cut, scheduled to come into effect October 6.
 

National Insurance hike 'deeply damaging' to creative freelancers

17 Sep 2021

The tax increase will be a "double whammy" for some self employed creatives, as income support dries up in October.

£100m in royalties paid to visual artists

06 Sep 2021

Visual artists' rights manager DACS is celebrating a milestone: £100m distributed to artists.

Since resale rights were passed into law, the organisation has paid these royalties to 5,624 artists. The rights are payable on any secondary sales of works over €1,000.

However, more than half of all eligible sales are less than £5,000, meaning the right represents a vital source of income for lower-earning artists.

"In the current climate as artists face the myriad of challenges of the pandemic, many without the security of government support, that is more important than ever," DACS Chief Executive Gilane Tawadros said.

 

Project leaks artist pay rates to force transparency

11 Aug 2021

The project has highlighted a race to the bottom on freelancers' fees as artists share their "incredibly bad experiences".

Legislate fair payment from music streaming, inquiry says

15 Jul 2021

After a nine-month-long inquiry, MPs have recommended "a complete reset" of music streaming to better compensate creators. What could a new model look like?

Creatives call for device tax to generate arts funding

01 Jul 2021

A major collection society says the levy could provide up to £300m per year. What would it look like and how would it work?

PRS sets 10% interim livestream tariff against objections

14 May 2021

The royalties society says the rate, already more than double that levied on in-person shows, is "discounted" from a permanent rate it is yet to announce.

'Creators Council' mooted to help workforce and assist recovery

13 May 2021

A parliamentary report into writers' experience of Covid-19 says "a clear line of communication between the Government and the creative workforce" would address gaps in support - and save an £11bn industry from a cliff edge.

Arts organisations pledge to show salaries

26 Apr 2021

A campaign aims to reduce pay gaps and increase diversity in recruitment, but some say keeping the salary quiet improves inclusion too.

DCMS and ACE face inquiry into Culture Recovery Fund following due diligence issues

26 Mar 2021

Arts Council England has investigated 46 suspected cases of fraud and revoked three grants worth a total of £570,000.

DCMS Minister voices support for CMA to investigate music streaming

24 Mar 2021

Inquiry offers little hope of a copyright regime change to ensure equitable remuneration for artists any time soon.

Including the excluded

Screenshot of a virtual choir
10 Feb 2021

Sonali Joshi says parity in support for the self-employed is the vital ingredient for a positive future.

Supporting freelancers would be 'relatively cheap'

26 Jan 2021

A year's worth of income support payments for arts sector freelancers would cost an estimated £880m – less than 1% of the subsidy bill to date.

Second round loans will be at least £1m each

17 Dec 2020

100 or fewer organisations will benefit from the next round of England's Culture Recovery Fund repayable finance.

£166m in loans comes with promise of new grants

RSC auditorium with audience waitig for a performance
10 Dec 2020

A further £400m of Culture Recovery Fund grants and loans has been earmarked for extending another "helping hand" to organisations facing failure before April.

Plea to save sector as support for freelancers ends

19 Aug 2020

The imminent end of income support for freelancers "will be devastating for them and for the industry," union leaders say. The damage has already begun.

Loans can pay for freelancers, ACE says

18 Aug 2020

Organisations applying to DCMS' £270m repayable finance scheme can ask for money to employ freelancers when government support ends. 

Freeze or cut pay to get funding, sector told

14 Aug 2020

Funding bodies will enforce "pay restraint" at the organisations getting recovery money - but won't be exercising the same restraint themselves.

'Cultural contract' to be condition of Welsh emergency funding

13 Aug 2020

The Welsh Government will require organisations to commit to fair pay rates, but has not responded to calls for a universal basic income for creatives.

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