COVID-19: A group of multi-party MPs backs calls to support the live music industry during the pandemic | Ents & Arts News


MPs from all political backgrounds called on the government to introduce new measures to support the live music industry after the restrictions were extended.

The group of Conservatives, Labor, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Scottish National Party MPs say the sector has gone through a ‘deep challenge’ in the face of the pandemic, calling its workers a ‘national asset that will be essential to recovery “.

Concert halls and nightclubs were gearing up for a reopening on June 21 at full capacity – but it was postponed to July 19 by the Prime Minister.

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The country had been warned that the dates could change when the roadmap was announced, but Boris Johnson had publicly trusted a full reopening by June 21 in the days and weeks before.

MEPs are calling for a government-backed insurance scheme for canceled events, parity across countries for extending 100% trade tariff relief and increased support for self-employed workers in the sector.

There have been previous calls, both from industry and MPs, for a government-backed insurance plan, but Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage told a Commons committee that although it there are question marks surrounding the restrictions, the government was not ready to look at the.

A number of music festivals have been canceled this year, including Glastonbury, with some citing lack of government financial support as the reason.

Conservative MP David Warburton, former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and former shadow culture minister and Labor MP Kevin Brennan are among those who signed the Early Day Motion.

Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Managing Director of industry body UK Music, said: “It is good to see support for the UK music industry from MPs from all political backgrounds. It is now essential that this multi-stakeholder support translates into government action.

“We are determined to play our part to help reignite the post-pandemic recovery and we want to revisit live musical events as soon as possible.

“With the right support from government, the music industry can get back on its feet and deliver a summer of live music and create thousands of jobs.”

Mr Warburton, who is chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music, said: “I am fully aware of the difficulty this pandemic has on musicians and the music industry in general – and it has only been made worse. by the delay in the COVID roadmap.

“I am delighted that the government has lifted and extended the ban on commercial evictions and supported many concert halls, but more support is urgently needed to deal with the extension of restrictions.

“Our excellent music industry is a national asset and it needs our support more than ever.”

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