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Advice for Musicians Facing Threat of Cancellations Due to Omicron

If you are already facing the threat of cancellations due to the Omicron variant, then please contact your regional office in the first instance. Each cancellation will have to be looked at on its own facts, with consideration of the contractual terms of your booking.

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By Dawn Rodger Published: 09 December 2021 | 11:39 AM
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With live music barely having begun to return, the thought of gigs potentially being cancelled again is devastating. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The emergence of the new Omicron strain of the virus is raising inevitable questions as to whether we are soon to face further restrictions and what impact these might have on our member’s work. With live music barely having begun to return, the thought of gigs potentially being cancelled again is devastating.

As it stands, the rules relating to live performances have not changed, and so on the face of it bookings should stand. If and when the rules do change, please be assured we will work to keep our advice up to date for you.

If you are already facing the threat of cancellations due to the Omicron variant, then please contact your regional office in the first instance.

Each cancellation will have to be looked at on its own facts, with consideration of the contractual terms of your booking. Many recent gig contracts already contain set out agreed terms if a booking is cancelled for reasons related to Covid. General legal principles such as frustration may also be applicable if indeed the government rules do change.

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