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Westminster Music Group Chair David Warburton Wins Ministerial Pledge of Support For Studios

05.03.2021: Campaigning MP David Warburton has won a pledge from Government Minister Caroline Dinenage that music studios and rehearsal spaces will be able to apply for financial support. 

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05.03.2021: Campaigning MP David Warburton has won a pledge from Government Minister Caroline Dinenage that music studios and rehearsal spaces will be able to apply for financial support. 

The Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music tabled a Parliamentary question to the Minister for Digital and Culture, urging her to ensure that recording studios would be eligible for financial support to cope with the impact of Covid-19.

The move came amid fears that recording studios and rehearsal spaces were missing out on the financial help available to other sectors of the creative industries.

In her response to Mr Warburton, Caroline Dinenage said:

“I have received reports that some businesses such as recording and rehearsal studios, which might not be ratepayers and which are not explicitly mentioned in the guidance on these grant schemes, are being deemed ineligible by some local authorities.

“To be clear to local authorities and businesses, although the ultimate decision is at the local authority’s discretion, the fund can, and in my opinion should, be used to provide grants to businesses like recording and rehearsal studios.

“Supporting these businesses is vital to preserve the UK’s talent pipeline, even if they do not sell to consumers directly on a specific premise.

“I therefore encourage and expect local authorities to be sympathetic to applications from these types of businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions but are ineligible for other grant schemes.”

The news was welcomed by UK Music and follows expanded support for the self-employed and other measures announced by the Chancellor in the Budget.

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: 

“This is welcome news for recording and rehearsal studios up and down the country and will help them secure the economic support they desperately need.

“As Caroline Dinenage says, recording studios are an intrinsic part of the music eco-system and play an invaluable role in supporting our talent pipeline.

“I’m delighted the Government has responded so positively to the concerns raised by David Warburton, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music and is such a vigorous supporter of the music industry.

“The Music Producers’ Guild has also fought hard to ensure its members, along with rehearsal and recording studios do not miss out on this support.

“As the minister has made clear, it is important local authorities now pay attention to her comments and ensure that applications from these businesses are treated sympathetically.”

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