Posted on August 11, 2020

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The UBI Lab Network is a growing network of academics, creatives, campaigners, councillors from a range of parties, citizen think-tanks and social entrepreneurs exploring the potential of a Universal Basic Income. The network has grown exponentially since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and now includes over 24 Labs, some of which are interest-specific groups including UBI Lab Women, UBI Lab Youth and UBI and Disability group.
The Network is developing a lab that will advocate for UBI from the perspective of those working in the arts (artists, musicians, writers, dancers, designers and other creative and cultural disciplines). We are looking for people to become active members of UBI Lab Arts who would be involved in the day to day running of the lab and advocacy work from the perspective of the arts. Would you be interested in joining or do you know people involved in the arts who would? If so, please get in touch via:

Universal Basic Income would have huge benefits for the arts, especially during the present moment as many people who work in the sector have not been sufficiently protected by the Government’s current measures. We aim to lobby cultural institutions and other influential bodies to apply pressure on policy makers and the government to advocate for testing the impact of a Universal Basic Income which could transform the lives of creatives and freelancers across the UK.

Alongside this activity we will work with members of the lab and creatives from all disciplines to contribute artistic responses and projects which explore the potential of UBI. A good example of this is the recent Massive Attack single with Young Fathers which features economist Guy Standing talking about Basic Income and has already attracted over 200,000 views. We are keen to reach audiences outside of academic and political circles and to hear the voices of people who are not currently represented. If you have any ideas for projects or know anyone who would like to be involved, please contact us via:
Thank you,
Toby Lloyd (UBI Lab NorthEast)