16/04/2020: Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has written about the need for the Government to do more to support those in the creative industries affected by the impact of coronavirus.
Exactly one month ago everything changed. The Government’s advice that people should avoid mass gatherings set in motion a sequence of events that has seen Glastonbury cancelled and gaping holes across the whole of the UK live music calendar.
Since then, it has been immensely heartening to see the music industry pull together and come up with a range of help for all those hit by the coronavirus crisis.
Every part of the commercial music sector is doing as much as it can in the battle to help those whose income has dried up entirely or, at best, drastically declined.
The Government unveiled a welcome package of support last month. However, alarming gaps have emerged that need to be urgently addressed if the music industry is not to be left behind.
An estimated 72% of our industry are self-employed workers and many of them face a real fight to stay afloat.
The scale of the crisis has been laid bare by members of UK Music, the umbrella body for the commercial music industry.
Read the full article on Record of the Day here.
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