We asked members to join our call on the Government to invest in musicians – coming together to share their stories on social media on the morning of Wednesday 13 January, and asking their industry colleagues to do the same.
And today, scores of you flooded to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to post about just how important it is that the Government plugs the gaps in support that 38% - 50% of musicians are falling through.
Supporting musicians through Covid-19 pandemic
By sharing their stories, musicians backed our calls on the Prime Minister, the Treasury and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to:
- Ensure the Self Employment Income Support Scheme continues to run alongside the furlough scheme
- Increase the next round of SEISS so that it provides the same level of support as furlough, and plug the gaps
- Waive the January 2021 tax bill for those who have fallen through gaps in support
- Get workplaces open safely and viably with a Seat Out to Help Out Scheme as soon as it’s safe to do so
- Make increased project funding available for individuals through the Arts Councils, Creative Scotland and PRS Foundation so musicians can continue to write, record, rehearse and practice during this crisis, and return to music post-pandemic
- Provide individual investment in musicians and other freelancers in England through the Cultural Recovery Fund – so that they have an equal level of support as those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The action was planned to make an even greater impact by happening at the same time as PMQs and a speech in Parliament about gaps in support by the MP Tracy Brabin.
Story sharing highlights
We’ve been resharing musicians’ stories via our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram stories – so you can head to our social media to read more, or scroll down now though just a few of our highlights.
We've made a splash today with so many of you sharing your stories, now we're going to keep this going. Share our campaign page with musicians you know, and encourage musicians and fans to use our template to email their MPs in support of our phenomenal musical workforce.