Thursday, May 3

Living on the breadline

Nearly half of the UK’s classical musicians haven’t a pot to piss in, says the Musicians’ Union. I imagine it’s the same with most writers and dancers, young graduates with arts degrees in general. Pursuing a career in the arts – particularly the esoteric variety – is not dissimilar to semi-professional football: you are a sparky or painter & decorator from Monday to Friday, and play football at the weekend. Perfecting your ‘art’ is what people do of an evening after ‘work’, once you’ve paid the rent.

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