Coinciding with the tenth anniversary in which Unesco named flamenco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Flamenco Union has presented a report in which it ensures that 42% of artists in the sector will have to abandon their careers due to Covid-19.
The association of professional flamenco artists, Flamenco Union, has presented the report “Flamenco and Covid-19: the collective of artists before and after the coronavirus pandemic”, which collects data from a survey carried out among artists from different autonomous communities, being the Andalusian with 78.3% the one that most professionals bring together.
Through this study, the Flamenco Union has wanted to know how the pandemic has affected the flamenco artistic sector at work, economic, social and health levels, in addition to analyzing the future perspectives of artists and art itself.
In this sense, according to the report, 26.6% of the people surveyed affirm that, since March, they have suffered more than fifty cancellations or postponements, so that the group of respondents has stopped entering 1,432,000 euros, they have communicated in a note.
No future prospects
One reason why the prospects for the future of the sector are “mostly pessimistic”, since 73.4% of those surveyed consider that they see “very few prospects for the future of their Flemish profession”. If the situation does not change, 42.4% of artists will have to abandon their careers and look for other ways of working, according to the report.
Data from the Unión Flamenca reveal that 81.6 percent of artists were dedicated to flamenco “exclusively” before the pandemic. Although a very high percentage also develop their professional work in the field of education and teaching.
Regarding income, almost half of those surveyed (44.9%) had a monthly income of between one thousand and two thousand euros. This income bracket is followed as the most numerous by less than a thousand euros per month (with 27.2%). Thus, before the pandemic, 72.1% of flamenco artists had a monthly income of less than two thousand euros.
The vast majority of flamenco professionals “have not received any kind of help from the administration” (62.7%) during the pandemic.
Only 7% have received aid for freelancers
Only 7% of those surveyed have received aid for the self-employed, a percentage that drops to 5.6% in the case of the Minimum Living Income and a scarce 2.8% collects the aid of the artist, the average amount of the subsidies being of 526.85 euros per month.
31.65% of artists who have had to resort to financial help from family and friends (74.3%). Only 1.5% have requested help from the SGAE and / or the AIE.
The situation of anxiety and stress It has caused 13.3% of those surveyed to be in psychological medical treatment.
Finally, the survey reveals that the vast majority of the group considers that the public media give little treatment to flamenco, with its programming being “scarce”.
And that despite the fact that Unesco named flamenco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, “it is not endowed with the promotion and resources of a property that has this consideration.”
For all these reasons, Unión Flamenca “demands” that public administrations implement “effective measures and direct aid, since those who make it possible are artists with serious financial needs” and complains about the lack of response from different ministries with which they They have been waiting for “months” to meet to jointly search for solutions to the problem.
Finally, the artists’ association has expressed its disagreement with the Budget Law Project for the Autonomous Community of Andalusia 2021, since there is no specific item for flamenco «while other sectors such as cinema or the publishing world do count with her”.