‘What people need to understand is that apart from major health concerns that we all have, is that this crisis does not only apply to companies and institutions, but also to tens of thousands of freelancers in the cultural sector like freelance musicians, music teachers, dancers, actors and audio technicians, who suddenly end up without income’, says Anne-Marie Harmsen, Director of the Kunstenbond.
For that reason she want clarity as soon as possible about the measures taken to support these freelancers.‘We have already received hundreds of personal stories of people who get canceled. There is no compensation in their wage. Therefor the government and the municipalities have to take responsibility and offer help by expanding already existing regulations. And this needs to happen as soon as possible. This exceeds the business risk of freelance workers and has become a social problem.’