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  • A third of musicians consider leaving the industry due to COVID-19 repercussions
  • 87% face financial hardship when Government support schemes end
  • MU calls on Government to implement 2-for-1 seat matching scheme and tailored support for individuals 

A third (34%) of musicians are considering abandoning the industry completely, due to financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. New research from the Musicians’ Union, reveals nearly half (47%) of its members have already been forced to seek work outside of the industry, with seven in 10 (70%) unable to undertake more than a quarter of their usual work. 

With furlough schemes coming to an end, 87% of musicians who were covered by the schemes say they will be facing financial hardship, and a third (33%) didn’t even qualify for any of the support available. As a result, nine in 10 (88%) believe the Government has not done enough to support musicians during the pandemic. 

The Union, which works to protect the rights of around 32,000 musicians, is issuing an urgent call to Government to do more, in order to safeguard the future of the UK’s music culture and industry. 

Horace Trubridge, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, said: 

“These figures are devastating and show how many musicians are struggling financially and at real risk of leaving music for good. In better times, our members drive a £5bn music industry with their talent. One artist’s gig will create a domino effect of jobs – from lighting technicians to ticket sellers. If one musician is out of work, you can be sure many others will be affected too. 

“We appreciate all the Government has done to support our members through the furlough and self-employment income support schemes so far, but they must not abandon musicians now. With social distancing measures still in place, venues can only sell at around 30% of usual capacity. We are calling on the Government to implement a seat-matching scheme, which would take venues’ potential revenue to 60%, providing a lifeline to musicians and the wider industry. 

“Getting musicians back to work is the priority. However, this is simply not realistic for so many of our members while social distancing remains in place. We strongly urge the Government to recognise the unique situation that our members are in and to provide sector specific financial support for musicians.”

27 Nov 2020 | Press release

Stagehand Launches #ILOVELIVE

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Perfect Havoc expand with new employee hire

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Charlene Brown appointed as Chair of The Ivors Academy’s new Ethics Committee

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Pioneering Youth-Music event announces more speakers, sessions and networking opportunities

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Pete Tong brings live music back to The O2

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

BMG acquires No Angels catalogue bringing Germany’s biggest ever popstars back to streaming services

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

BBC Radio 1: Aitch x AJ Tracey, Billie Eilish, HAIM, and Royal Blood named on longlist for Annie Mac’s Hottest Record of the Year

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

In Place of War Announces Global Music Industry Advisory Board: Midem, Native Instruments & Roland Represented

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Get a year’s worth of Deezer Premium or HiFi for half the price

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

ESNS confirms first acts for 2021 edition

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

Sony Music Brazil launch new programme to boost digital transformation in the Brazilian music industry

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26 Nov 2020 | Press release

MU expresses consternation as new Government measures deliver blow for live music

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Universal Music UK launch 0207 Def Jam label

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Best Art Vinyl Award 2020 Goes Virtual

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Can music make you multilingual?

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Clubbing TV launch Clubbing.Live, a New, Interactive Streaming Platform

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

Jackie Davidson MBE and Peter Thoms elected as directors at PPL Annual Performer Meeting 2020

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25 Nov 2020 | Press release

UK Music Chief urges chancellor to use new £4bn fund to help support music industry

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Jon Ollier launches One Fiinix Live

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Female-focused mentoring enterprise The Cat’s Mother teams up with PPL for 2021 event series

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

#loverecordstores launches Inaugural ‘Independent Albums Of The Year’ Initiative

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Tribe XR Bring Streaming for DJs to Virtual Reality for the First Time Ever with Beatport LINK Integration

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Rick Boardman and TripTik Management Announce Matter Music and New Signing, The Nocturns.

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Communion are very excited to share details of a forthcoming weekly streamed series of live new music sessions and artists in conversation, filmed at London’s Lafayette.

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Absolut and Beatport Launch NYE 2020 - a 20+ Hour, 15-city, Global New Year’s Eve Live Stream Party to #DanceAway2020

In response to global research insight that consumers, especially LDA Gen Z*, are craving real life connections, Absolut has launched a campaign to celebrate the great things that happen when diverse minds come together reminding the world that nothing beats...more

24 Nov 2020 | Press release

MMF reactive comment - Select Committee

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24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Sony/ATV Signs KOLIDESCOPES to Exclusive Global Deal

Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK announced it has signed powerhouse duo KOLIDESCOPES to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. KOLIDESCOPES, consisting of Dan Dare and John Courtidis, is an accomplished songwriting and producing team known for co-writing the hit single “Head...more

24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Warner Music Group taps Dr. Kobi Abayomi as SVP, Data Science and Analytics

Recognized Expert and Author Joins Company in Newly Created Role  Recognized data science expert, statistician, and author Dr. Kobi Abayomi has joined Warner Music Group (WMG) as SVP, Data Science and Analytics. In this newly created role, he will lead analytics...more

24 Nov 2020 | Press release

Music Groups Unite to Again Ask Congress to Provide Relief from Toll of Pandemic

A united music community today sent a letter to congressional leaders highlighting the growing devastation to the live music industry due to COVID-19.  The letter urged that they immediately pass legislation to provide additional relief desperately needed by the many...more

24 Nov 2020 |

Road to Recovery, ESNS 2021

By Ruth KilpatrickThe thirty-fifth edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag will be fully digital for 2021. Running from the 13-16 of January, the team behind ESNS are keen to address the ongoing issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic - the impact...more

27 Nov 2020

  • Latest Government guidelines leave live sector reeling (see News)

  • How an imaginary grandmother got millions of Spotify streams (see Features)

26 Nov 2020

  • Universal Music UK launches 0207 Def Jam (see Business)

  • Jackie Davidson and Peter Thoms elected as PPL Performer Directors (see News)

  • Guy Garvey and Crispin Hunt talk about the 'music streaming scandal' (see Features)

24 Nov 2020

  • Warner Music Group posts flat results in challenging year; Simon Robson named President, International, Recorded Music (see Business)

  • Government issues Winter Plan, but concerns raised for grassroots venues (see News)

  • SoundCloud reports strong growth for 2019 (see Business)

  • How Driift cracked livestreaming (see Features)

23 Nov 2020

  • The time for the impossible is now (see Comment)

  • Snapchat appears to have acquired Voisey (see Digital)

  • Amazon Music announces 'Ones to Watch 2021' list (see Digital)

20 Nov 2020

  • Taylor Swift’s masters: What Shamrock gets for $300m, why it matters, and what’s next (see Analysis)

  • Should the BBC have censored Fairytale of New York? (see Opinion)

19 Nov 2020

  • Artist Partner Group becomes independent; roster moves to Atlantic Records (see Business)

  • The Great Escape festival announces first fifty acts for 2021 edition (see News) 

17 Nov 2020

  • UK Music’s Music By Numbers report to highlight pre-pandemic success (see Analysis)

  • Scooter Braun sells Taylor Swift’s Big Machine masters (see Business)

  • Lil Nas X shows on Roblox score 33m views (see Digital)

  • VEVO DSCVR Artists To Watch 2021 named (see Digital)

16 Nov 2020

  • HMV makes loss, but confident about future (see Business)

  • Feature: Shabs Jobanputra, who set up Relentless Records 21 years ago (see Features)

13 Nov 2020

  • The US Commerce Department halts ban on TikTok (see Bigger Picture)

  • Abuse: Octavian dropped following allegations, AFEM launch Code of Conduct, Lily Allen speaks (see News, Features, News&Showbiz)

  • Steve Barnett: The Head Coach (see Features)

  • John Lewis, Amazon Music launch Christmas campaigns with hit potential music (see News)

12 Nov 2020

  • DCMS Committee inquiry to consider Government policy on music festivals support (see News)

  • Graham Norton to leave Radio 2 (see Media)

  • Composer Howard Goodall on post-Brexit touring in the EU (see Analysis)