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'Now is the time for the government to listen and act' - the ISM responds to the DCMS Committee report on the impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors

Responding to the DCMS Committee report on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors’, Incorporated Society of Musicians Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said:

‘The £1.57 billion support package for the arts is welcome and needed, but as this report rightly points out, it has come too late and is not enough.‘

The unique and complex nature of the music sector, where the majority of workers are freelance, requires more than just loans and grants for venues and organisations – important as these are.

The ISM has been lobbying government for targeted support for freelancers through the extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, for long-term cuts to VAT on ticket sales, and for a clear and conditional timeline for reopening – and we welcome the DCMS Committee’s adoption of these recommendations.

Now it is time for the government to listen to the sector and follow suit.’

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Extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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