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ISM comments on research into the impact of coronavirus on live music

The Incorporated Society of Musicians’ Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, said:

‘Today’s research showing that 170,000 jobs in live music will be lost by Christmas, is more evidence that the failure to properly support our sector is having disastrous consequences. That is why the government must deliver on its pledge to ensure parity between employees and the self-employed. Maintaining the existing level of support provided by the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and expanding the eligibility criteria is essential for preventing an exodus of highly skilled talent.’

Notes to Editors

More information

The full report can be found here.

More information about our proposals for improving the SEISS can be found here.

Last week, 200 music organisations and 2,300 professional musicians signed a joint letter in support of these proposals.

Research and statistics

  • The UK creative industries contributed £111.7 billion in 2018, about £306 million every day. This was up 7.4% on the previous year, meaning growth in the sector was more than five times growth across the UK economy as a whole. (DCMS)
  • Music contributed £5.2 billion to the UK economy in 2018 and music tourism alone contributed £4.5 billion spend up 12% from previous year. (UK Music)
  • The arts, entertainment & recreation is the worst affected sector by coronavirus. (ONS)
  • 64% of UK musicians are thinking about leaving the sector and 41% hadn’t received any government support during the pandemic. (Encore)
  • Nearly 170,000 UK live sector jobs will be lost by the end of the year. (LIVE)
  • 70% of people working in music, performing & visual arts are freelancers (DCMS).
  • Arts Council England supported freelancers with £2 million compared to £5 million allocated in Scotland, £7 million in Wales and £4 million in Northern Ireland.
  • 79% of musicians earn less than £30,000. (ISM)

About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally-recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.

We support over 10,000 music professionals across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds.

We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.

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