UK Concert Promoters Association pens open letter calling for government aid to save live music

The hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay has garnered huge traction over the day.

Let The Music Play

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Today, the UK’s Concert Promoters Association launched a campaign calling for government aid to support the sector through the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign also calls to light the importance of the live music industry to the UK’s economy, and has been launched alongside a coalition of artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures.

You might have already seen the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay making the rounds on social media, part of the CPA’s campaign to raise awareness. Currently, in the UK, pubs are set to reopen this Saturday (4 July) but there has been no concrete plan for the reopening of live music venues. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has unveiled a five-step roadmap, which sets out the different stages of reopening that theatres and venues will undergo, but there are no dates or even date ranges attached to any of the stages. Some estimates predict that venues won’t be able to open their doors until 2021.

The CPA is concerned that a lot of venues might not ever open their doors again without support: “This sector doesn’t want to ask for government help. The promoters, festival organisers, and other employers want to be self-sufficient, as they were before lockdown. But, 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 great British industry.”

The letter notes that the reopening of venues isn’t just crucial for the UK’s culture, either, saying: “Our economic impact is also significant, with live music adding £4.5bn to the British economy and supporting 210,000 jobs across the country in 2019.”

The campaign has garnered a huge amount of support from artists, with everyone from The Rolling Stones to Muse expressing support.

If you feel like the government should do more to support the UK’s live music industry, please add your name to the signees of the open letter over at concertpromotersassociation.co.uk.

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