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MU Requests Financial Support for Musicians Affected by Omicron Variant

The MU has today written to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to ask for targeted financial support for musicians who have lost work due to the new Omicron Covid-19 variant and the subsequent rise in cases.

Published: 16 December 2021 | 11:34 AM Updated: 17 December 2021 | 4:19 PM

Our letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak points out the gaps in support that members experienced during the initial phases of the pandemic, and the urgent need to provide targeted financial support in response to the new Omicron Covid-19 variant.

In the letter we pointed out that between 38% and 50% of our members did not qualify for Government help in the initial phases of the pandemic, and that even those who did receive money through the SEISS or furlough schemes will be relying on steady levels of income during the busiest period of the year.

Although the Government is not formally cancelling events, it is appearing to advise people not to attend them, which is harming audience confidence at live music events. We therefore need urgent financial support for musicians.

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Our in-house solicitor has also provided some guidance on what to do if you have gigs cancelled.

We all hope that this latest rise in cases will be short lived but we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when more information becomes available.

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