Campaigning organisation Parents & Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) have published a new report on the impact of Covid-19.
Key findings include that:
- 25% of women have involuntarily become full-time carers
- Only one third (37%) are certain that they will stay in the industry
- Over one third of women with caring responsibilities are experiencing a mental health crisis
- Government support has disadvantaged mothers and female carers working in the performing arts
Whilst there is a general lack of work in the sector as a direct result of lockdown measures, the situation is compounded for parents and carers who are overwhelmed by the stress of homeschooling or other caregiving demands and feel unable to compete for the few opportunities that are available.
There is a significant risk of female talent haemorrhage in the performing arts sector with many facing an uncertain future and having to choose between supporting a family and staying in the sector. The report finds that women, D/deaf and disabled people and solo parents and carers are the hardest hit.