MPs and over 100 music trade voices have put their names to an open letter calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to supply a greater “security web” for music festivals to cease them from being misplaced without end.
This week noticed a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee being told that this summer’s festivals could be cancelled as soon as this month with out authorities help and assurances concerning insurance coverage, funding, the vaccine and mass-testing. It’s feared that if festivals endure one other summer season of cancellations a lot of them will collapse and received’t be capable of afford to ever return.
Now, the DCMS committee of MPs has written to the Chancellor asking him to increase government-backed coronavirus insurance coverage schemes – that are presently being supplied to the movie and tv industries – to festivals and stay music occasions with a purpose to safe their future. This comes after Glastonbury asked the government for similar support last month.
Within the letter, which you’ll learn under, it’s argued that “with out insurance coverage, the occasions we all know and love merely received’t happen this 12 months – vaccine or no vaccine”.
“The Authorities is telling us that life ought to be getting again to regular by the summer season however until it will possibly present a security web, will probably be a summer season with out festivals,” mentioned DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP. “The trade says that with out government-backed insurance coverage, many festivals and stay music occasions simply received’t occur as a result of organisers can’t danger getting their fingers burnt for a second 12 months.
“The Committee has heard from pageant organisers that it is a matter of urgency. Insurance coverage have to be step one in unlocking the massive contribution that festivals make to our financial system, defending not solely the availability chains, however the musicians who depend on them for work.”
He added: “The Authorities already presents a stage of canopy to the movie and tv industries, now could be the time to increase help to different inventive industries or danger shedding a few of our greatest cherished and world-renowned festivals.”
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Learn the total letter under:
“Festivals, stay efficiency and stay music are the lifeblood of the UK leisure trade, offering an enormous contribution to our cultural panorama and our financial system. In 2019 alone, the gross worth added to the financial system by festivals was £1.76 billion, and nearly 1 in 3 Britons watched Glastonbury on TV. Reside music can also be a significant cause why folks go to the UK’s nations and areas: in 2019 music vacationers spent £460 million throughout the Midlands alone and sustained greater than 45,000 jobs nationwide.
“Planning for this 12 months’s festivals, stay performances and occasions is going down now, and whereas the vaccine rollout is trigger for optimism, organisers want confidence that this work and funding won’t go to waste. Central to that confidence is insurance coverage.
“With out insurance coverage, the occasions we all know and love merely received’t happen this 12 months – vaccine or no vaccine. Sustaining losses like these we’ve seen in 2020 for one other 12 months isn’t an possibility, and a whole bunch of companies within the occasions provide chain have already been compelled to fold. The Authorities has backed insurance coverage for the movie and tv trade to the tune of £500million. It’s now time to do this for different inventive industries.
“There are a variety of kinds this might take. One in every of these requires no upfront contribution from the Authorities and utilises the prevailing Pool Re construction, developed in response to unpredictable and devastating acts of terrorism. This would depart Treasury with a most legal responsibility of £1.5billion and may very well be tailored to cowl a spread of sectors – together with hospitality, sports activities, and leisure, as nicely as festivals, stay performances and occasions.
“What’s clear is that insurance coverage is of the utmost significance in the case of getting our financial system going once more throughout the entire of the UK. No matter type it takes, companies want to have the ability to entry dependable insurance coverage schemes to get again on monitor. Authorities underwriting is the one means this shall be attainable.
“We name on you to behave now and again the UK’s famend occasions, music, festivals, hospitality and theatres, to call however just a few, in order that livelihoods are saved and folks have one thing to look ahead to in summer season 2021 and past.”
The letter has been signed by MPs on the DCMS committee, in addition to over 100 members and our bodies from the music trade together with the Music Venue Belief, Affiliation of Competition Organisers, Featured Artists Coalition, Evening Time Industries Affiliation, PRS For Music, #WeMakeEvents, UK Music and the Ivors Academy.
UK Music shared a new report, Let the Music Play: Save Our Summer 2021, this week outlining their suggestions for how you can restart the UK’s stay music trade as soon as it’s secure to take action with authorities help. The listening to additionally heard of how Brexit is threatening the UK’s “talent pipeline”, as well as the country’s access to European artists.
In the meantime, Isle Of Wight Festival boss John Giddings has suggested a plan for live crew workers and music venues to come together for a mass roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine with a purpose to assist life return to normality and to permit festivals to happen.