The team at Alan Bearman Music want to add our voices to the #letthemusicplay campaign, launched today to lobby the government to acknowledge the dire situation that live music is facing in the current crisis, and to immediately put support structures in place to financially underpin our industry.
Music matters to the economy, as well as being the cultural heartbeat of the UK. In 2019, the live music scene injected 4.5 billion to the economy and supported 210, 000 jobs.
Our gigs and festivals have been shut down since March and there is no indication of when it will be safe to re-open, other than a vague roadmap and an undefined timeline. As well as the devastating impact on musicians’ livelihoods, up to 50% of the live music industry’s workforce is facing unemployment. Music festivals, which support 85,000 jobs, are facing collapse in response to a summer of cancellations. 90% of grassroots venues are under threat of closure, need a £50 million cash injection to ensure they do not go out of business.
Please spread the word: #letthemusicplay