British musicians urge United Kingdom government to support live music industry

Lawrence Kim
July 3, 2020

Now, as many venues, festival promoters, and industry professionals are on the brink of collapse, the industry has banded together to plea to the government for urgent financial support sending an open letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden.

Meanwhile, rockers Muse added: "We're so grateful for the experience that live music gives us all".

In a typically impassioned post, Enter Shikari said: "Today, our friends at Music Venue Trust are asking artists to share a video of their last live show as part of their #letthemusicplay #saveourvenues campaign". It has affected musicians, as well as venues, promoters and agencies.

Take That also joined the initiative, with a message on the group's official Twitter account reading: "Today we stand with the United Kingdom music industry; fans, artists, musicians, our tour management, crew and cast, promoters, festivals, venues and more".

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the live music industry is facing a crisis, and so today in an attempt to encourage the government to take action, the campaign #LetTheMusicPlay has been set up.

The singer said it was "time to pay back to the incredible people who make up the United Kingdom music industry including all the crew who work so hard behind the scenes". "This is our chance to be heard above all sectors, and to show the vital importance of live music in the United Kingdom". Research suggests that the United Kingdom music industry contributed £4.5bn to the United Kingdom economy a year ago, and supported 210,000 jobs, across a range of professions.

Many musicians and bands have been getting involved online too.

Alongside a photo from their LM5 tour, Little Mix wrote: "This was one of our last shows on LM5: The Tour".

"Addressed directly to the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, the open letter says: "(The) government has addressed two important British pastimes - football and pubs - and it's now crucial that it focuses on a third, live music.

The performers said venues are at risk of mass insolvencies and that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost.

"As well as supporting the workforce that make up the industry. Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry".

The letter reads: "UK live music has been one of the UK's biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade".

"On July 2, 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK's economy".

"If the Government doesn't step up and support the British arts, we really could lose vital aspects of our culture for ever", she said.

"We recognise that this pandemic has created major challenges for the sector and are working closely with them to develop comprehensive guidance for performances and events to return as soon as possible".

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