UK Music Acting CEO Speaks To BBC About The Huge Impact of Covid-19 On The Live Industry

8/05/2020: Tom Kiehl and other leading industry figures warned about the need for drastic action to support the sector.

Acting chief executive of UK Music Tom Kiehl told BBC reporter Paul Lynch that the effect of Covid-19 on the industry was "catastrophic".

Tom Kiehl said: "In a typical year, live music contributes £1bn to the UK economy and supports many jobs.

"What we are seeing now with the changes and social distancing likely to continue this year - at least £900m could be wiped off the sector.

"It's impossible to understate the catastrophic effect this is having."

The article expalined how the lockdown has left 140,000 performers, agents, promoters and technicians without a steady income since the end of March and about 82% of the UK's live venues are now at risk of closing before the end of the month, according to an industry survey.

UK Music are among those now calling on the government to deliver a support package to the industry.

The piece also featured comment from Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd and performer Beardyman. 

Read the full article here.

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