Entertainment industry calls for support

A spokesperson for the Music and Entertainment Association of Ireland called directly on the Taoiseach to step in and introduce supports for the industry.

On RTÉ’s Drivetime, Matt McGranaghan called for the immediate reinstatement of pandemic unemployment payment, or equivalent support, for those in the music industry who have been forced to go off pay in the past two months.

“We are directly asking a Taoiseach to intervene, to support us and to show us leadership for the industry, to help save the industry and above all to help save Christmas for many people because it is a a major concern at the moment for a large number of workers, ”he said.

He said the industry had seen “a flood of cancellations over the past week” since the introduction of the new restrictions, including the cancellation of corporate events and Christmas parties.

Mr McGranaghan said a survey of its members found three-quarters of them had their concerts canceled, with some reporting that their concerts for the entire month of December were canceled.

He said it wasn’t just about concerts after midnight, but also events that had to be held before midnight.

Separately, he said some musicians who were showing symptoms of Covid-19 were told that if they didn’t show up they would no longer be reserved.

“I know musicians who were showing symptoms and not feeling well enough to go and play, but they were basically told ‘well, if you don’t show up, there won’t be any more shows for you'” , did he declare. noted.

“So they had to come forward and put themselves in that position because people put that kind of pressure on them. And it’s really not enough, but it goes hand in hand with being in an independent industry. “, he added.