ISM writes to Lamport Hall stressing importance of paid opportunities for musicians
Yesterday (13 April) ISM Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts wrote to Executive Director, Mark Herrod regarding Lamport Hall's advertisement for an unpaid opportunity for musicians. It is unacceptable for any venues or event organisers to take advantage of musicians, many who find themselves in a desperate situation because of the adverse impact of COVID-19.
The letter focussed on the importance of music as a viable career and Annetts stressed the critical role that venues and event organisers will play in the performance ecosystem by supporting musicians and ensuring the continuation of the future talent pipeline.
In the months ahead, we will be calling on the Government to remove the obstacles to venues reopening, improve the viability of live performance and help ensure the sector continues to attract and retain talent. Read more about our COVID-19 campaigning and our lobbying of Government.
In 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 ensure that Government and all other stakeholders appreciate the contribution of the music sector and how we need urgent, effective support to prevent an exodus of world-leading talent.