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Findings From Latest MU Impact Survey Covered on Sky News

Sky News covered the findings from our latest survey, which suggests that over a third of musicians will fall short of the criteria required for the Government’s assistance schemes.

Published: 06 May 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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We’re urging the Government to act, otherwise our profession and this fantastic industry that the UK has enjoyed for so long will shrink. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The broadcast on Tuesday, 5 May, featured MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge, and MU Member and musician Sam Dunkley.

Key quotes included Sam speaking about going back to work and the 19%  of musicians considering abandoning their careers:

“When schools go back, my work will be fairly low down their list of things to do. So it’s a real quandry there…If the diary stays empty for too long, people will have to start making that choice.” 

And Horace had a pressing request for the Government:

“There are thousands and thousands of music lovers out there who had tickets for Glastonbury, for the Proms, for all sorts of gigs that were taking place. They’re being starved of live music. We have to find a way of delivering it to them so we can keep these fantastic musicians in work.

“Look again at the scheme that you launched and see where the gaps are, and help us. Otherwise our profession and this fantastic industry that the UK has enjoyed for so long will shrink, and shrink alarmingly.”

Read further details on the results of our impact survey here.

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More than a third of musicians are likely to miss out on Government support, according to new research by the MU.

Ask the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to protect all self-employed workers, and ensure no musician is left behind.

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