Quantifying Losses in The Creative Economy Due To Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how fragile East Africa’s creative economy is. If you are an artist, cultural worker, freelance content creator, or creative gig worker, you have likely already seen work opportunities disappear, and are likely anticipating more.More than just a health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has cut across various sectors of economy and social life. Prior to the pandemic not much concern was shown for members of the creative economy. Further exacerbating this, the creative industry has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and stakeholders have so far had to cope with the detrimental economic effects with little to no assistance.
Creatives Garage conducted a survey to improve our understanding of what the implication of the lockdown has been for artists. We also asked the artists themselves what they felt could be done to better assist them as their own opinions are often unsought. We hope that this document and similar ones by other organisations can help formulate a guideline to recovery for the creative sector.