The UK’s live music scene is a jewel on the international stage. We boast world-class performance spaces, culture-defining festivals, and our passionate, creative workforce builds global superstars that are the pride of the country. But there will be no significant or measurable economic activity this year.
The effect of Covid-19 on the live music sector has been catastrophic, with venues closed, and shows and festivals cancelled since mid-March. Over 100,000 jobs are currently under threat, while venues, festivals and performance spaces the length and breadth of Britain face closure.
The measures introduced by Government to date have been warmly welcomed by the sector, but the live music industry will be in crisis long after most other sectors return to normal. To survive, the sector is calling for:
- A provisional date for reopening shows without social distancing.
- A three-year extension to the reduced cultural VAT rate on tickets in line with DCMS Select Committee recommendations.
- A Government-backed reinsurance scheme because the industry remains at a standstill without the ability to insure shows and festivals against cancellation due to COVID-19.
- Targeted financial support for the sector to protect jobs and infrastructure until it has emerged from crisis.
For further information about the impact of Covid-19 on the live music business, see our research and publications page.
Current UK Government guidance for the performing arts is here.
For information on mental health charities related to the music business, see UK Music’s page here.
For information on emergency financial support schemes, please see this page.