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Government Measures for the Music Industry

Guidance on measures from the UK governments in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the creative industries.

Last updated: 19 October 2021

Although we’ll keep updating this page with relevant information, to keep on top of the most recent developments we recommend checking the relevant pages for the governments of Northern IrelandWalesScotland and England.

We will continue to lobby for the best deal for musicians throughout the coronavirus outbreak and beyond. Find out more about what we’re lobbying for, and how you can take action now to protect musicians.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Job Retention Scheme – which was due to end on Sunday 1 November – has been extended. Employees will receive 80% of their salary for hours not worked.

Businesses will have the option to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis, or furlough them full time. See the UK Government’s website for further details.

The Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme, which was due to open on 1 November, has been postponed as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended until 30 April 2021.

The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect “viable” jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to COVID-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce.

Employees will need to work a minimum of 33% of their usual hours. The company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the wages of hours not worked will be split equally between the employer and the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job.

The Government will pay a third of hours not worked up to a cap, with the employer also contributing a third. This will ensure employees earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages, where the Government contribution has not been capped. The employee must not be on a redundancy notice.

All Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) will be eligible; large businesses will be required to demonstrate that their business has been adversely affected by COVID-19, and the government expects that large employers will not be making capital distributions (such as dividends) while using the scheme.

National measures

Some of the Government’s other support schemes include:

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