LIVE statement on energy support package21 September 2022 - Press release
Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE said:
"We welcome this support from Government, but we are clear that this needs to be sustained past the next six months. Spiralling energy prices have already forced music venues up and down the country to close or curtail their programming and this will begin again as soon as this support is removed – it is plainly obvious that live music must be on the list of sectors considered 'vulnerable' by Government.
"With our industry still hurting from the aftereffects of COVID and rising costs across the supply chain, we continue to make the case that our sector needs action on VAT and Business Rates if we are to keep all concert halls, arenas, festivals, and grassroots music venues open, bringing joy to millions and showcasing the best UK and international talent."