They have joined artists such as Ed Sheeran or Dua Lipa to write a joint letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden warning that Britain’s “world-leading” live music sector is at imminent risk of mass job losses and insolvencies.
The live music industry supports 210,000 jobs across Britain and brings in around £4.5 billion to the economy, according to research by Media Insight Consulting.
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The artists told Mr Dowden: “Live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade.
“But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from Government agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.
“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.”
They are also requesting a business and employment support package plus VAT exemption on ticket sales.
Chief executive Craig Hassall said the situation is “the most perilous the Hall has ever faced” and could see it forced to lay off hundreds of staff without millions in support.
Live performance has been hard hit by coronavirus guidelines, with singing, dancing and close personal contact all prohibited.
Last month, the Music Venue Trust, which represents 560 venues, called for a £50 million cash injection to allow venues to “hibernate” until October.
Today Paul joins artists, promotors, agents, venues and more in asking the UK government to protect the live music industry. Share photos and videos of the last show you went to using the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay to show your support! pic.twitter.com/w7yfeAB0nJ
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 2, 2020
Other stars, including Niall Horan, Radiohead, The Cure, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Johnny Marr, and Dizzee Rascal also co-signed the letter.
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said: “If the Government doesn’t step up and support the British arts, we could lose vital aspects of our culture forever.”
The Featured Artists’ Coalition, whose members include Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, showed their support to the campaign, saying: “In 1992 Radiohead played about 100 shows throughout the UK in small venues the length and breadth of this country,” said O’Brien. “This was where we started to learn our craft.”
“We continued to tour this country and by 1997 we were headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. The live industry in this country is the lifeblood to for the music industry in this country.”