Covid-19 Policy & Campaigns

COVID-19, and the necessary social distancing and other ‘lockdown’ measures introduced by government have had a catastrophic impact on the music sector, which operates very much as an ecosystem and, as such, this sector will face particular challenges and will need specific government support if it is to reopen and recover.

Even with significant lifting of the current social and physical distancing measures, we expect at least 24 months of critical impact on the sector and the damage caused to date lasting into the foreseeable future. This applies to the whole creative side of the music industry: songwriters, composers, performers, musicians, DJs and producers - the majority of whom are self-employed (72%) - but equally to those who invest in creativity: record companies, managers, distributors, music publishers, and in particular the live music events sector (which includes tour managers, promoters, booking agents, venue operators, technicians, engineers and road crew and venue staff).

UK Music and its members are participating in the Government-led working groups which are producing advice and guidance for the sector on reopening following COVID-19.

 

UK MUSIC ASKS

  • Sustained financial support. The impact of the crisis measures will be long-term; we do not expect any significant changes to the position of live music events certainly in 2020 and also throughout 2021. The support measures (such as the Coronavirus Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) need to be extended to ensure that businesses and people can rely on these measures as long as they are needed in practice.
  • Clarity of advice. The music industry like any other industry requires clear and specific parameters in which it can operate. This includes clear guidelines on physical distancing at live music events, orchestra rehearsals and in recording studios.
  • Availability of protective equipment. The music industry, like any other industry, requires access to protective equipment to protect its creators and workers as well as the wider public.

 

INTERVENTIONS

  • UK Music's Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has written an in-depth piece for M Magazine, highlighting the gaps in Government support for the self-employed impacted by coronavirus. Read the article here
  • Following the measures outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to support the self-employed, Tom Kiehl welcomed the announcement but said more work needed to be done to ensure no one was left behind during this unprecedented period. You can read his initial response here.
  • Reacting to the package of measures outlined by PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak for businesses, Tom Kiehl called on the Prime Minister to offer more help for the self-employed hit by the coronavirus crisis. Read more here.
  • Tom Kiehl called for support for self-employed following the cancellation of Glastonbury Festival. Read more here.
  • Responding to the Government's announcement on mass gatherings which sparked confusion about exactly what it would mean for concerts and gigs, Tom called for clarity. Read more here
  • Following the announcement that SXSW was to be cancelled, UK Music collected advice from partners for musician's who had been planning on attending. Read more here

LETTERS

  • UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl wrote to the Culture Secretary to act swiftly to put in place a framework of support for the music industry to combat the impact of coronavirus. Read more here.
  • UK Music joined with other industry organisations to sign a letter to the Chancellor calling for a package of urgent measures to help the crisis-hit sector fight the impact of the coronavirus. Read more here.

 

SUBMISSIONS

  • Uk Music submitted Next Steps Beyond the Crisis – Support for the Music paper to DCMS. Read here
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