Music Industry Still Faces ‘Extraordinarily Difficult’ Time As Rules Are Eased on Live Performances

14/08/2020: UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has warned the music industry still faces an “extraordinarily difficult” future after the Government announced that some live performances can resume.

His intervention came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said indoor performances with socially distanced venues would be able to restart in England from Saturday August 15.

The easing of the rules follows the Government’s decision to postpone the planned change from its original start date of August 1 for a fortnight due to a slight increase in the total number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in England.

UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl said:

“Further easing of lockdown for live performance is a symbolic moment, yet it remains extraordinarily difficult to resume events and gigs in an economically viable way.

“The Government must ensure support measures for all aspects of the sector - including venues, festivals, musicians, performers and crew - are in place while many individuals and businesses in the sector still cannot get back to work.”

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