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UNESCO: 10M creative industry workers lost their jobs during the pandemic


UNESCO conducted a study on the state of the creative industries during the pandemic.

Austin Kirk
Austin Kirk
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic will result in the loss of 10 million jobs in creative industries around the world, The Guardian reports, citing a report by UNESCO. The organization calls the current cultural situation an "unprecedented crisis". 

According to UNESCO, museums and galleries were hit especially hard by the pandemic, being forced to close and not work for several months. As a result, according to the researchers, the global gross value of the cultural sector will shrink by $750 billion in 2020. 

The organization also notes that despite the already large loss of 10 million jobs, many employees in the creative industries are still at risk. The main reason for the "unprecedented crisis" is cuts in public spending on art and artist support, which began even before the pandemic. 

"The system of social support for artists was ineffective in many countries even before the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic, however, has highlighted how vulnerable cultural and creative sector workers are," the report says.

As a result of the study, the authors of the report recommend that governments improve working conditions for workers in the creative industries: establish a minimum wage, revise the pension system and create a sick pay fund for freelancers.

source: theguardian.com