Would a basic income grant benefit the arts?

The coronavirus crisis has decimated income streams for many working in the arts and culture sector, particularly freelancers and independent contractors.  Many of government’s relief packages exclude workers in this sector and even those that do include them, require tax certificates and other bureaucratic means testing for them to qualify.  Other social sectors have campaigned for a Universal Basic Income Grant to reduce poverty and to provide some economic security to each individual.  Should artists join the campaign for a Basic Income Grant?

Karabo Kgokong
Interim Steering committee member, North West: Im4theArts.

Tumi Modise
Actress and filmmaker.

In conversation

Jack Devnarain
Chairperson of the South African Guild of Actors (SAGA)

Zimkitha Kumbaca
Actor, Director, Singer, Composer and Scriptwriter. 

Dr Vishwas Satgar
Associate Professor of International Relations, Wits University and co-founder of the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign.

Wednesday 10 June from 19h00 – 20h30 live on the Im4theArts Facebook Group 

Posted by Yvette Hardie on Wednesday, 10 June 2020

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