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Exasperated: Mac chief executive Anne McReynolds

Exasperated: Mac chief executive Anne McReynolds

Lyric executive producer Jimmy Fay

Lyric executive producer Jimmy Fay

Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy

Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy

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Exasperated: Mac chief executive Anne McReynolds

Any performer will tell you their greatest thrill comes in playing to the crowd. But for 10 long months, the arts and entertainment industry has been in hibernation. No crowds to play to, venues closed, performances cancelled, theatres lying dormant.

An industry in crisis, there were cries for help as artists saw their livelihoods disappear overnight. Some £33m in emergency funding was promised. That money has yet to appear.

And, still, there has been no way back. Online shows have only gone a little way to fill the creative void. They don't pay the bills. The only thing we can applaud them for is their patience.


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