UK Music Welcomes £1.57bn Support Package for the Arts

Acting CEO Tom Kiehl says move is "huge step forward" and seeks urgent talks with Arts Council

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05/07/2020: UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has welcomed a £1.57bn support package to help music and the creative industries in the wake of the cornavirus crisis. 

The Government support was announced on Sunday night following a campaign by UK Music and organisations across the arts sector calling for urgent help from the Government. Last week, the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign attracted support from a host of stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Dua Lipa and Skepta. 

Reacting to the package, Tom Kiehl said:

“A £1.57bn support package for the arts is a huge step forward and should be a lifesaver for many music venues. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and DCMS Minister Caroline Dinenage are to be warmly congratulated.

“The music industry was one of the first sectors to be hit by measures to tackle COVID-19.

“UK Music has long called for sector specific support to ensure live music can recover. Eligibility for grants and loans must be as broad as possible to ensure maximum take up from across the industry from those in desperate need of help.

“Those that don’t have a track record of public funding must also not be put at a disadvantage. We are seeking urgent talks with Arts Council England to discuss further.”


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