Skepta, Radiohead and more back Let The Music Play campaign to save live music in the UK

An estimated 30-50% of the live music industry’s workforce are facing unemployment

02.07.20

Words by: Felicity Martin

Over 1,500 artists, including Skepta, Radiohead and Dua Lipa, have come together to demand action from the UK Government in a bid to save the live music industry from the effects of Covid-19.

Let The Music Play is a new campaign that has seen artists and industry figures sign an open letter calling for immediate help to prevent “catastrophic damage” to the live sector.

An estimated 30-50% of the live music industry’s workforce are facing unemployment, the Let The Music Play site states, leading to a catastrophic loss of skills.

Last month, the Music Venue Trust penned a letter calling for a £50 million cash injection to save the UK’s music industry. Now, artists including Liam Gallagher, Rita Ora and Lewis Capaldi have signed the new letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden.

The three key asks of the UK Government are as follows:

1. A clear conditional timeline for reopening venues without social distancing.

2. An immediate comprehensive business and employment support package* and access to finance.

3. Full VAT exemption on ticket sales.

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