QUEBEC – The Parti Québécois supports the cause of indie musicians and songwriters, who are seeking assistance from the government Legault to survive the crisis of the sars coronavirus.
The deputies Méganne Perry Mélançon, a spokesperson for the Parti québécois (PQ) in the field of culture, and Harold LeBel, president of the caucus, were joined by a fifties of musicians who gathered Wednesday in front of the national Assembly. Not eligible for existing programmes of support, they ask for a financial compensation to the government to overcome the loss of their income.
In fact, many singer / songwriters and indie musicians have lost their contracts with the bars closed because of the health crisis. The $ 400 million investment in culture announced recently by the government, Legault is not addressed to this category of artists.
“These artists have lost their income in mid-march, and they do not yet know when – or even if – their business will be able to return. Many of the directives health imposed on restaurants and bars, of course, soon – could make it difficult, or even inappropriate, for a time, the benefits of art in schools,” said Méganne Perry Mélançon, by issuing a press release.
“The indie musicians liven up the communities and make the enjoyment of thousands of spectators across Quebec. There is no denying that they are part of quebec’s industry of culture and entertainment! We absolutely must find a way to support them, so that we can find their talent and energy on the other side of the crisis”, added the member of parliament for Gaspé.