The situation for our members is rather precarious—like fame, in a way, but perhaps at a different level.
Artists are basically unable to perform. In many cases they cannot rehearse. Their income predominantly comes from performing, creating, rehearsing, etc. Without that, they have a rather bleak time at the moment and are very concerned about what the future will hold.
While the wage subsidy is in place and CERB continues, there are questions about what will come after that, and whether that's a sufficient supplement during the current crisis.
We've seen small, medium and large venues that are closed right now. As a result, it's not just the loss of revenue but also the sense of what opportunities there are for the public to see live performing arts.
One question that was asked earlier, which I think needs to be underlined, is that even with a vaccine, we still don't know the level of confidence the public will have in going into venues for live performances. How comfortable will people actually feel? Will they wait to see how effective the vaccine has been, and so on?
Those are really big concerns. We are very concerned about the more marginalized artists—that is, indigenous artists, artists of colour, and the deaf and disabled. They are already hanging on by their fingernails, and now they're finding it incredibly difficult, because they were last in to the funding system, so to speak. As a result, they have hit more difficult times than others.