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Take Part in the Next Invest in Musicians Day of Action on Tuesday 2 March

This week, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce his Budget for 2021.

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By Maddy Radcliff Published: 01 March 2021 | 4:31 PM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:32 PM
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Be sure your voice is heard – take part in our next Invest in Musicians day of action.

It is seen by many as the last chance to plug the gaps in the Government’s support schemes that 38% musicians and three million working people across the UK fall through, and put in place measures to get the music industry recovery underway.

Be sure your voice is heard – take part in our next Invest in Musicians day of action.

Take part in the next Invest in Musicians day of action

This Tuesday 2 March, call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to invest in musicians across social media.

Share your story using our updated DIY graphic.

  1. Log in to your Google account if you have one, to access the graphic
  2. Make a copy of the template and customise it by switching out the text for your story and replacing the photo with one of your own
  3. Download the image and share it across social media using the hashtag #InvestInMusicians. Tag us using @WeAreTheMU on Twitter and Instagram, and @Musicians.Union on Facebook.

If you need any assistance, look at our more detailed instructions and email campaigns@theMU.org.

If you’ve already shared your story, please share it again on Tuesday. Your stories, your words, are essential to help us make the case for musicians.

Explore more musicians’ stories in our dedicated campaign hub and our Instagram Highlights, where you’ll also find musicians’ messages for Rishi Sunak.

Making the case for musicians

The case for support is clear and powerful:

  • Music is worth £5.8bn to the UK economy
  • 38% musicians are falling through gaps in support
  • Musicians are an entrepreneurial, community minded and highly skilled workforce
  • You have invested time and money into your career
  • Without Government support, over 70% musicians are uncertain of their future in the music industry.

That’s why we’re calling on Rishi Sunak to do 5 things in his Budget:

  1. Extend SEISS and furlough beyond April for sectors that cannot return to work
  2. Adjust SEISS to ensure that all musicians are covered in future rounds of funding
  3. Open up the next round of the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) to freelancers in England – in line with Scotland and Wales
  4. Introduce an insurance scheme for summer festivals and other events
  5. A subsidy for live events to happen with reduced capacity under social distancing

Explore our full list of asks – including changing the law on the Orchestra Tax Relief to include digital audiences.

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