MPs from across the political spectrum have urged the government to introduce new measures to support the live music industry after the restrictions have been extended.
The Conservative, Labor, Liberal, Greens and Scottish National Party MPs group says the sector has faced a “profound challenge” in the face of the pandemic and calls its workers a “national asset for recovery will be decisive ”. “.
Concert halls and nightclubs had anticipated a reopening on Dec. postponed until July 19 from the Prime Minister.
The country had been warned that dates could shift when the timetable was announced, but Boris Johnson had been publicly confident in the days and weeks prior that it would reopen fully by June 21.
MPs are calling for a government-backed insurance system for canceled events, cross-border equality to extend 100 percent business rate relief, and more support for freelancers in the industry.
There have been previous calls from both industry and MPs for a government-backed insurance system, but Culture Secretary Caroline Dinenage told a Commons committee that while the restrictions were questionable, the government did wasn’t ready Look into It.
A number of music festivals have been canceled this year, including those like Glastonbury, with some citing a lack of government funding as the reason.
Conservative MP David Warburton, former Green Leader Caroline Lucas, and former Shadow Culture Secretary and Labor MP Kevin Brennan are among the signatories of the Early Day Motion.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, CEO of UK Music, said: “It is welcome to see the support of the UK music industry from MPs from across the political spectrum. Now it is important that this bipartisan support is translated into action by the government.
“We are determined to do our part in accelerating the post-pandemic recovery and we want to see live music events as soon as possible.
“With the right government support, the music industry can bounce back and deliver a summer of live music and thousands of jobs.”
Mr Warburton, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music, said: “I am very aware of how challenging this pandemic has been for musicians and the music industry in general – and this situation has only been made worse by the delay on the COVID roadmap.
“I am pleased that the government has lifted and extended the ban on commercial evictions and supported many music venues, but more support is urgently needed to cope with the extension of the restrictions.
“Our excellent music industry is a national good and needs our support more than ever.”