The ISM responds to Arts Council of Northern Ireland guidance to help venues reopen safely

Responding to the publication of new Arts Council of Northern Ireland guidance to help venues reopen safely, Incorporated Society of Musicians Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said:

'This important resource will help venues put in place the right safety measures to protect staff, performers and members of the public, and we welcome these practical proposals.

Yet as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland rightly pointed out, it is financially impossible for festivals, concerts and live music venues to operate with a reduced audience capacity, which will be required with social distancing.

With many music venues likely to remain closed because of this, freelancers, especially musicians, will not be able to earn a living through live performance.


To prevent an exodus of talent from the music sector, the UK government must extend the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme at least until the end of the year, and close the gaps in the Scheme so all freelancers can access support in these challenging times.'

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