Stop Exploiting Artists with Freebie Culture


Irish Times report

“The culture of underpaying or not paying artists is a hidden subsidy to Ireland’s cultural life that is unfair and unsustainable, according to the Arts Council, which will on Tuesday launch a policy to ensure artists are paid fairly.

Arts Council chairman Kevin Rafter said its new policy, Paying the Artist, aims to end “the idea that it is acceptable to get artists to work as a ‘freebie’, or to offer work without proper payment because it might somehow enhance an artist’s career”. He said artists should be paid fairly and equitably for their work.”