The live music industry has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as uncertainty remains as to when it’ll be safe to gather again.
Over 1,500 artists are taking part in the UK’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign demanding action from the government to help save the music industry.
NME obtained a copy of the letter, which states, “UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade.”
“As important as it is, our national and regional contribution isn’t purely cultural. Our economic impact is also significant, with live music adding £4.5billion to the British economy and supporting 210,000 jobs across the country in 2019.”
“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 world-leading industry,” the letter continues.
The initiative is similar to one currently taking place in the United States as the National Independent Venue Association is campaigning for Congress to provide necessary funding and relief ensuring independent venues' survival during the COVID-19 lockdown.