Coronavirus campaign update: January 2021

As the crisis evolves and the situation for musicians worsens, we remain committed to fighting for our members to receive the help they urgently need.

As an immediate priority, we are currently focussing our lobbying efforts on the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant (covering February to April). Specifically, we are calling on the Chancellor to maintain the level of the SEISS at 80% of trading profits in order to retain some level of parity with the furlough scheme.

We continue to demand meaningful income support for those excluded since the start of the pandemic. While it is positive that the Treasury is considering proposals to support limited company directors, England should follow the lead of the devolved governments and provide additional measures to other ineligible groups. Ultimately, we want to see cultural recovery funding reaching freelance musicians as the current “trickle down” model is not working. That is why we are liaising closely with governments across all four nations to discuss how we can achieve that.

Going forward, it is crucial that we have a clear timeline on the road map to recovery, so that the music sector has enough time to prepare and implement the necessary measures to fully resume safely later this year. We will also be campaigning to #MakeMusicWork in 2021 by calling on the government to:

  • remove the obstacles to venues reopening
  • improve the viability of live performance
  • introduce measures to ensure the sector continues to attract and retain talent

As we approach the second year of the pandemic, we know how challenging this period has been for our members. That is why we are more determined than ever to make the government appreciate the contribution of the music sector and how we need urgent, effective support to prevent an exodus of world-leading talent.