In a joint letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, we have warned Government that many companies in the UK music industry face “an existential battle for survival,” and that the current welfare system is not devised for a situation where the Government is strongly advising the music sector to stop work.
Specifically regarding freelancers, who make up an estimated 72% of the workforce, the signatories advocate a targeted approach to guaranteed income for the live performers, peripatetic music teachers, composers, managers, engineers and producers.
Call for Government to act swiftly
Their letter says:
“It is vital that the Government does everything it can to support the music industry with an urgent package of measures so we can do our best to weather this pandemic.
“The Government must now act swiftly to do whatever it takes to safeguard the future of our world-leading industry.”
Vital support measures
Other measures the Chancellor is asked to urgently consider are:
- VAT holidays for businesses
- Help with staff wages
- More clarity about the effective ban on mass events
- Ensuring that insurance companies are accountable and follow proper protocols on claims.
Read the full letter on UK Music’s website. UK Music are an umbrella organisation, of which the MU is a part.
Join the MU’s call on Government to properly protect freelance workers
We are calling on Government to properly protect freelance workers affected by or self-isolating due to coronavirus.
We’re asking members to join us by writing to their MPs. We’ve even published a letter template if you’re not sure what to say – find out how to take action now.