MU expresses consternation as new Government measures deliver blow for live music26 November 2020 - Press release
The Musicians’ Union has greeted with dismay the Government’s new guidance for the live music and events sectors, with particular concern at the new cap on capacities for indoor live events under Tiers 1 and 2. Such limitations has made the return of economic performances, and a recovery for working musicians, non-existent over the winter period.
The Union continues to lobby the Government to ensure a safe return to work for its members as soon as possible and will once again be raising the issues facing the live sector with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The restrictions place a specifically heavy burden on grassroots venues, with the ban on the sale of alcohol within Tier 2 limiting the opportunities for this key sector to promote and present even break-even gigs.
Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary, said:
“Our members have had little or no work since March and many have failed to qualify for the government’s support schemes. Having endured months of financial misery, musicians are desperate to get back to work. The announcements around live events and the new tier system make that prospect even more distant, and the lack of consistency and common sense is glaring. These new tier system restrictions need a radical rethink if the live sector is going to see any recovery in the short to medium term.”