Protect and revive £1.3bn
live music plan launched
Let the Music Play: Save Our Summer 2021, a plan to protect and safely restart the UK's live music events, has been launched by the music industry.
Live music events earned £1.3bn and more than 5m people attended UK festivals in 2019 but in March 2020 live performances were effectively shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The plan, published by the industry body UK Music, sets out the economic, social and cultural value of live music, along with a blueprint for reviving live music after Covid-19.
It warns that the lack of Covid cancellation insurance available is the biggest barrier to major events happening in 2021, and calls for Government to introduce an insurance scheme as it did for the film and TV sector.
The key calls for action in the report are:
• An indicative date for a full capacity restart
• A Government-backed indemnity scheme
• Targeted financial support for the sector
• Extension to the VAT rate reduction on tickets
• Rollover of the paid 2020 Local Authority licence fees for festivals to 2021
• Extension to business rates relief
The report’s publication will be coupled with an S.O.S call from UK Music to “Save Our Summer 2021” with the campaign hashtag #SaveOurSummer2021.
The music industry has worked hard to make event spaces as safe as they can possibly be. This includes launching testing pilots to be able to hold mass events safely, working with government to develop guidance for how to hold events safely, and looking at new ventilation and air purification systems that would dramatically reduce the risk of transmission.
The economic benefits of festivals are spread across the whole of the UK and they are vital to supporting local economies and regional growth. There shutdown has undermined the livelihoods of musicians and the viability of venues.
UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: “In this report, UK Music is putting forward a clear plan for recovery: what we need to do to get the live performance sector back up on its feet again in 2021. But the clock is ticking, and any day soon we could see major festivals and events start pulling the plug for lack of certainty.
“With the right support the live music industry can be at the forefront of the post-pandemic recovery and play a key role in our country’s economic and cultural revival – but there will need to be a concerted effort from industry and the Government together if we are to let the music play and save our summer.”
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More research on the UK Music site here.