New European Survey Shows Urgent Need for Aid in Music's Freelance Sector

A survey of 485 Berlin musicians, conducted by Landesmusikrats Berlin, highlights the current reality for many musicians


47% of those surveyed claim to need immediate financial support, while 29% said that they either no longer have professional prospects, are planning a change of career, or have taken another job.

Of the musicians surveyed, 37% live exclusively from artistic activity, 66% teach lessons, and 10% get additional income from other activities.

“The survey shows once again how dramatic the situation of freelance musicians in Berlin is," said Hella Dunger-Löper, President of the Landesmusikrat Berlin.

"Fast and unbureaucratic help is more urgent than ever in this phase of the pandemic."