Fellow MPs from across the political divide have supported calls for the Government to help the UK music industry get back on its feet.
I’m acutely aware of how challenging this pandemic has been for musicians and the broader music industry – and this situation has only been made worse by the delay to the COVID Roadmap.
I’m delighted that the Government has listened and extended the ban on commercial evictions and supported many music venues, but more support is urgently needed to match the extension of restrictions.
Our excellent music industry is national asset and it needs our support, now more than ever.
A total of 22 MPs (so far) have signed my motion outlining the vital support needed by the music industry, which contributed £5.8 billion a year to the economy pre-COVID-19. The motion is signed by representatives from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, The Green Party, Scottish Nationalist Party, Democrat Unionist Party and the Social Democratic and Labour Party.
Many freelancers and self-employed workers – who make up around three-quarters of the 200,000 in the music industry – have been without work since March 2020. What’s more, around 70% of musicians lost over three-quarters of their work due to the profound challenge of COVID-19 restrictions.
In my motion, I call on the Prime Minister to:
- Establish a Government-backed insurance scheme to pave the way for live music events to proceed
- Extend existing Government support to match the extension of COVID-19 restrictions
- Ensure parity across UK Nations and Regions regarding extension of the 100% business rate relief
- Continue the VAT freeze at 5% for cultural tickets beyond September
- Give additional support to freelancers
You can read the full text of my Early Day Motion and see the current list of signatories by clicking here.