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'What the minister said was like a kick in the teeth'

A crisis-hit music industry supports a broad range of tradespeople as well as those directly involved in actually writing and recording, writes Brendan Keane

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Luan Parle

Luan Parle

Luan Parle

With words that were akin to something out of a classic track from the 60s, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, sent shock waves throughout the Irish music industry last week when, having commented that 'some jobs will not come back', she said 'there is no point waiting for the never never'.

Coming from a person who is the former Minister for Arts, her words sounded alarms bells for the thousands of people throughout Ireland who are either directly or indirectly involved in the Irish music industry either professionally or semi-professionally.

It would be very easy to just think of musicians and songwriters when one thinks of the 'music industry' but when artists go on tour, enter a recording studio or release an album or single there are many other people directly affected.