The ISM responds to Prime Minister's announcement of delays to socially distanced indoor live performances until 15 August
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that live indoor performances will be postponed until August 15, Incorporated Society of Musicians Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts said:
‘We are disappointed but not surprised at the Prime Minister’s announcement today that indoor live performances will not be able to resume until 15 August at the earliest.
While safety of everyone involved in live performance is paramount, this further blow to the reopening of venues highlights again the urgent need for financial support for freelancers whose income is overwhelmingly dependent on performing and venues reopening, and whose lives have ground to a complete halt as a result of COVID-19.
The music sector is once more being forced to look at the viability of its long-term survival . The Prime Minister’s announcement adds further reason to our call to government to extend the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme at least until the end of the year, as well as to widen the eligibility criteria for freelancers to access vital support in this time'
Notes to editors
- On 31 July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the delay of socially distanced indoor live performances until 15 August
- On 29 July, Arts Council England announced their Cultural Recovery Fund grants to support cultural organisations that were financially stable before COVID-19, but are now at imminent risk of failure. Read the ISM's response to the announcement
- Arts Council England on Twitter (29 July, 2020): ‘we know that freelance workers in the sector, from technicians to producers, have also suffered. We’re investing an extra £2 million in funds that support these workers. More to share on this v soon.”
- 'The ISM welcomes £1.57 billion government arts investment but asks about freelancers’ (6 July, 2020)
Extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
- ‘Musicians are facing a cliff edge of the government’s own making' - the ISM responds to government's failure to support freelancers (9 July 2020)
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