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UK Music Chief Responds To MPs’ Call For More Help For Grassroots Music Venues

UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl responded to a call from MPs for tax relief and an arena ticket tax to support closure-threatened music venues. 

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11.05.2024: UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl responded to a call from MPs for tax relief and an arena ticket tax to support closure-threatened music venues. 

Cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee issued a report which highlighted how small venues were shutting their doors or stopping music performances at the rate of two a week.

The MPs called for financial help for the sector via a levy-funded support fund and a targeted temporary VAT cut. Their report also said a fan-led review of live and electronic music should be established this summer to look at the challenges to the wider live music ecosystem.

Responding to the report, UK Music Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl said:

“Grassroots music venues are a crucial part of the music industry’s ecosystem and have been faced with a series of unprecedented threats for a number of years.

“We welcome the House of Commons CMS Committee taking the opportunity to consider the challenges these venues and the artists that tour in them face.

“We hope that many of the Committee’s recommendations, which echo UK Music’s A Manifesto for Music and campaigns such as the FAC’s 100% Venues, lead to positive interventions from government, as well as building on previous steps it has taken to protect this fragile part of the music sector.” 

Read the report on Grassroots Music Venues here. 

Read UK Music’s Manifesto for Music here.

You can read coverage of Tom’s remarks below:

Music Week

Record of the Day

IQ

Pollstar

CMU

Music Ally

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