100 musicians commit suicide in Turkey
It has been announced that 100 musicians and singers have committed suicide in Turkey since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused significant hardship for those employed in the music industry. Throughout the pandemic there has been no government support provided to artists and musicians, many of whom have committed suicide because they have been unable to work or provide for their families.
Gamze Tascier, MP for the main opposition party CHP, shared with the public information from the Musician’s union (Muzik-Sen). Tascier highlighted that many have had to sell their musical instruments and said that “most work with no security and workers in the music and performing arts industry do not benefit from any government support. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left to starvation and death”.