UK Music Chief Warns Live Music Industry Still At Risk Without Further Government Support

03/09/2020: UK Music's Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has highlighted the problems the music industry continues to face due to Covid-19.

In a piece written for trade publication Access All Areas, UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has discussed what is still left to be achieved to get the live music industry back on its feet following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and continued socially distanced restrictions on live music. 

He said: "We all want to see our great musicians and performers playing to full houses as soon as it is safe to do so. For now the industry needs our Government's continues help until we can get back on our feet."

He went on to say: 

“Unlike some other sectors that can break even or make money on reduced capacities due to socially distancing rules, it's just not possible for live music venues. Given the critical role of live music in our industry's complex ecosystem, it is impossible to overstate the scale of this barrier to the ability of the music industry to recover.

"Live Music supports a huge network of managers, artists, agents, technicians and suppliers, who have no money coming in when there is no live music. Many of them are also freelancers who fall through the gaps in the Government's support schemes."

Read the full piece at Access All Areas here

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