Support Live Music
Today we join the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign to support the live music industry, as it struggles for survival.
A letter is being delivered to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, uniting us all in our plea to allow live performances now.
Pubs are open, beer gardens are open. Town squares are open. Surely, we can allow musicians to play in a set space? People need music now more than ever. It unifies, comforts and has a positive effect on people’s wellbeing.
Our national and regional contribution isn’t only cultural. Our economic impact is also significant. Live music adds £4.5bn to the British economy and supported 210,000 jobs across the country in 2019. UK Music published a report last year called Music By Numbers. It states that a total of 4.9m attended a UK festival in 2018. 11.2m music tourists attended a live music event.
The UK Events Report revealed that festivals represent £6b of a £70b events industry. However, at least 90% will not take place this year according to The Association of Independent Festivals. Without support, the sector could face redundancies of 59% on average. It could lose half of its skilled workforce between September and February.
The knock on effect for suppliers including production companies, crew and catering will result in many businesses closing. For artists, managers and agents it’s catastrophic.
UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. From world-famous festivals to ground-breaking concerts, the live music industry showcases, supports, and develops some of the best talent in the world – on and off-stage.
Without financial support, those who work in entertainment cannot survive. No performances, no money.
Nuture UK Songwriters
We launched The British Country Music Festival to provide a platform for homegrown talent. We focus on UK artists. We nurture UK songwriters and musicians. Now more than ever, artists need your support. Buy tickets for festivals and concerts, buy their albums and keep music live.
We are allowing people into our homes We must allow music and the arts to heal our souls. Let the music play…..
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Let The Music Play | Joe Martin | The British Country Music Festival 2019 | Photo Credit Dave Nelson