In the face of uncertainty caused by COVID-19, people are turning to creative pursuits and music to soothe their anxiety.
A study conducted by the University of Tasmania found that 80 per cent of participants said being creative during the pandemic was important for their well-being.
During the state’s lockdown people turned to online choirs, book clubs and music performances, including some by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
The responses were consistent across all age groups but more women than men said creativity and culture were important to them at this time.
The university’s Professor Libby Lester said despite its popularity online, the arts sector had taken a huge financial hit.
“While we have seen new forms of online creativity emerging daily – from orchestras to exhibitions to film festivals – a business model that will pay for content production and delivery is likely to be slow to emerge,” she said.
Professor Lester said a prosperous arts sector is important for the Tasmanian economy.
“Tasmania has one of the highest rates of participation in creative work nationally, and artists and cultural events are key elements of the Tasmanian brand and visitor economy,” she said.
Study participants said the government should prioritise support for arts and culture above tourism and manufacturing during the pandemic recovery.
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