The Senedd Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee recently published “Turn up the volume: an inquiry into the live music industry,” after over a year of work investigating the state of live music in Wales and taking evidence from across the sector.
The report shows that the sector was facing significant difficulties and needed support even before the impact of Covid-19. It contains 31 recommendations for the Welsh Government, UK Government, Local Authorities, and others to address many of these issues, including on a music strategy for Wales, the use of public funding, music education, music boards, and planning and licensing.
A thorough report with helpful recommendations
Regional Organiser Andy Warnock welcomed the report:
“I’m grateful for the Committee’s work on live music, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, and this thorough report which makes some helpful and important recommendations. I look forward to working with the Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and organisations across the sector on implementing these recommendations and developing live music in Wales.
“In the short-term the priority for Welsh Government has to be establishing and implementing a plan to restart live events and performances with audiences as soon as possible, so that our members can return to work, as well as offering further funding for workers and businesses.”
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It is simply unacceptable to deny our members the support they need to survive until the industry can get back on its feet. Government must invest in musicians.