Louis, Little Mix and The Script are just a few of hundreds of artists including Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, Take That, and Sam Smith who have pledged their support for the campaign, signing a letter sent to Oliver Dowden – the UK’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Many of the artists who are backing the campaign have had to cancel or reschedule their own shows and tours until 2021, which is upsetting for music fans worldwide, but will have an absolutely devastating impact on the people who work within the industry and make the shows possible.
It’s why this is such an important campaign as, without it, your faves may not be able to tour in the future as they need the help and support of the teams they have on tour and who work behind the scenes to help make your faves shows unforgettable.
As the effects of the pandemic continue, the industry is now facing job losses of up to 50% of the workforce, a true catastrophic loss of skills.
Home to some of the best and most popular global venues – from grassroots to vast stadiums and arenas – the UK live music scene are set to lose 5 million visitors. Grassroots venues in particular face uncertain times with 90% under threat of closure. A £50 million cash injection would help ensure their future.
Festivals are also facing bankruptcy across the UK as they respond to widespread cancellations, affecting around 85,000 jobs.
#LetTheMusicPlay is campaigning for the Government to reveal a clear, conditional timeline for fully reopening venues, a business and employment support package and full VAT exemption on ticket sales.