I am an MA Student and artist based, and for my final project, we are launching a talent showcase to get local under-represented artists, musicians and creatives seen, heard and paid.
The arts and culture industries have a problem many overlook- only 18% of workers in the industry hail from working class backgrounds, and there are numerous barriers for people in this demographic - free work culture, networking and the homogeneous tastes of an elitist creative realm has made a hostile environment for those also working to support their creative practice. In many cases, the fundamental barrier in place of an artist's or performer's development is financial instability.
We are conducting research that will go towards tackling issues and attitudes in the industry, while paying a hand-picked line up of service-sector/low-paid musicians and artists to perform at our show.
For many, paid creative opportunities are a rare opportunity. We want to create a free and fair event that benefits the performers as well as the audience. By paying our artists, we will be creating an environment of networking, collaboration and freedom to develop without exploitation or financial concerns.
All money donated will go towards paying our talent and continuing the incentive, developing the infrastructure and creation of a wider community. We will be producing bigger and better events and tackling the problem of diversity in the arts through discussion and changing attitudes.