PiPA calls for performing arts organisations and the government to consider the medium term needs and risks posed to parents and carers in the sector’s workforce.

Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA) is highlighting the current developments connected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that directly affects parents and carers in the performing arts.  

Those who are freelance or contractors and look after ill, disabled or elderly loved ones or have small children will be confronted with loss of income and employment if self-isolation is required, or if events, shows and concerts are cancelled, but also if new guidance advises that schools must close. 

The loss of income and livelihood is heightened particularly among those on freelance and fixed term or zero hours contracts, many of which will contain the ‘Force majeure’ clause, meaning there will be no liability to the employer if they cancel jobs. There is a very real risk of parents and carers seeing their income cut in the short and medium term, either due to cancelled contracts, self isolation or  increased child and eldercare requirements. This has the likelihood to have a devastating knock on effect to those who are already vulnerable, such as single parents, sole carers and those on low income, who due to their employment status are not eligible for parental leave or sick pay.

PiPA urges all performing arts organisations to think in the medium term and facilitate flexible and remote working, as well as support freelancers during cancellation and deploy further resources. PiPA is encouraged that the recent budget stated the government will consider how to provide appropriate support to self-employed parents, but in light of coronavirus, this need is heightened and urgent.

03 Jul 2020 | Press release

Fusing climate policy and culture - Music Declares Climate Emergency meets European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Earlier this week, Music Declares Emergency and IMPALA had a video meeting with Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, innovation, research, education and youth.  Music Declares Climate Emergency, the recipient of IMPALA's 2019 Outstanding Contribution Award, is an...more

03 Jul 2020 | Press release

Apple Music Launches New Artist Discovery Program Africa Rising

Omah Lay Is the Inaugural Artist and Cover Star of the Companion Playlist     Apple Music today announced Africa Rising, a new bi-monthly artist program and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising African talent.  Nigerian-born, Afro-fusion singer and songwriter...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Electronic pioneer 'Trailblazers' podcast returns for Series 3

  Trailblazers episode one covers how Norman Jay MBE transformed the Notting Hill Carnival music scene, including challenges of racism around the '76 riots and oppression across his career The third series of the Deezer Original podcast returns with 8 new guests...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Dotty to leave BBC Radio 1Xtra after six years

After six years at BBC Radio 1Xtra, Dotty announced on her show today that she will be leaving the Breakfast Show at the end of July.   Dotty joined 1Xtra in 2014 and has since hosted a number of shows from...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Government confirms licence rollovers for commercial radio

The Government has confirmed that commercial radio stations will continue to have the ability to rollover their broadcast licences in the coming years, avoiding the cost and disruption of a large scale licence renewal process. The decision by the Department for...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Surround Invests in Music Finance Startup Vezt, Bolstering Their Music Industry Marketplace

Surround, the music and entertainment division of Bitfury, is announcing a recent investment in and partnership with Vezt, the mobile app that allows fans to participate in the royalties of their favorite songs - allowing artists, songwriters, producers, labels and publishers...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

J Balvin ranked as Vevo’s most viewed artist

Global superstar J Balvin has been crowned Vevo’s most viewed artist with his channel amassing over one billion views to date.Boosted by the critically acclaimed album Colores, released in March and recently heralded by Billboard as one of the best...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Meditation tracks created for locked down colleagues by Chrysalis Blue Raincoat chairman Robin Millar to debut on iconic Cooltempo Records

Meditation From A Desert Island album out this summer Robin Millar, Chrysalis Blue Raincoat Group Chairman and one of the UK’s most successful producers with over 160 gold, silver and platinum discs and 44 Number 1 tracks to his name will...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

BPI & ERA team up to host “New Kids on the Block: Insight into a New Generation”

Latest Insight Session webinar in association with Kids Insights and Music Ally confirmed for 23rd July 2020   The next Insight Session will see BPI partnering with ERA once again – this time to consider the importance of children as consumers and the role they are likely to play in future...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Cousn announce new publishing deal with The Other Songs

Bristol-based cousin’s Alfie & Billy Goffey aka Cousn are pleased to announce a new publishing deal with Al and Billy Webber’s new publishing joint venture with Kobalt, which will see Cousn join forces with The Other Songs huge existing pool...more

02 Jul 2020 | Press release

Deezer in exclusive partnership with TV Azteca to significantly accelerate growth in Mexico

Multi-year investment deal worth US$40 million values Deezer at €1.3 billion, (US$1.4 billion) – a 30% premium from last funding round in 2018- Deezer will grow rapidly in Mexico through partnerships with TV Azteca and other companies of Grupo Salinas-...more

01 Jul 2020 | Press release

Dellessa James (ex BBC/Apple Music) to lead black music strategy at Amazon Music UK as senior artist

Music and media executive Dellessa James is due to join Amazon Music UK in September as their new Senior Artist Relations Manager . This new role at Amazon Music will see Dellessa...more

01 Jul 2020 | Press release

SyncFloor expands globally, announces new partnership with Africa’s Mavin Records

SyncFloor, the commercial music marketplace, is announcing its partnership with Mavin Records, bringing the label’s catalog to more potential sync buyers via and its newly launched Mavin Records SyncSite. SyncFloor’s SyncSites allow its rights holder partners to surface a...more

01 Jul 2020 | Press release

Ahmed Hussain announced as new Head of BBC Radio Asian Network

BBC Radio Asian Network has announced Ahmed Hussain as the new Head of the station. Hussain has worked in production across Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, and was most recently the Head of Prison Radio, where he helped transform the...more

01 Jul 2020 | Press release

BMG and ITV Studios strike global partnership deal

BMG and ITV Studios, the leading international production and distribution business, have announced a wide-ranging global collaboration. The multifaceted agreement, which makes BMG the new music partner of choice across all areas of ITV Studios' business, includes records, publishing, production...more

01 Jul 2020 | Press release

Epic Studios presents...

In aid of Music Venue TrustLive at 8pm on Friday 3rd JulyWith music venues still firmly shut, Norwich’s Epic Studios have created a unique response in ‘That Music Thing’; a fully produced, 30 minute live music programme aiming to showcase...more

01 Jul 2020 | Press release

#LetTheMusicPlay - Support Live Music in the UK

We all know that live music in the UK is in crisis, so tomorrow sees a day of industry-wide action to encourage Government support under the banner #LetTheMusicPlay.The day begins with a letter being delivered to culture secretary Oliver Dowden signed...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Delic - Make some noise

The brand new music platform that will bring together the essential elements of the modern music businessDelic will provide a cloud-based digital project organiser, automated rights management and an Artist profile hub to allow creators to manage songs, share music...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Universal Music Group announces strategic global partnership with Sugar, Italy’s leading independent label


30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Scottish Album of the Year returns, calling for album submissions and going digital for first time ever.

The Scottish Album of the Year Award launches today for 2020, calling on music fans, artists and labels to submit eligible albums to be in the running for Scotland’s pre-eminent music prize. Submit eligible albums now at   Returning for its...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

An open letter to the BBC from English Folk Expo’s CEO Tom Besford

Today, English Folk Expo’s CEO Tom Besford sent an open letter to James Purnell, BBC’s Director of Radio and Education, calling for a confirmation of the BBC’s commitment to support the presence of folk, roots and acoustic music, and specialist music...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Closing the gap between you and your music

New gapless playback on Deezer HiFi eliminates noiseless breaksSilence is for libraries, not your music. So, when those annoying pauses pop up in between tracks, consider it a thing of the past. Now, with our new gapless playback, Deezer HiFi fans...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Concord Music Publishing Announces Multi-Faceted Creative Partnership with Award-Winning Songwriter Hillary Lindsey

Nashville-based Concord Music Publishing has entered into an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing agreement with multi-GRAMMY award-winning, CMA Award-winning and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter Hillary Lindsey. Additionally, Concord has acquired an interest in Lindsey’s entire back catalog, aligning her life works with the company...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

'Project Speed' - A Statement from Music Venue Trust

Following the announcement earlier today by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a £250bn plan dubbed ‘Project Speed,’ aimed at  fast-tracking major building projects across the country to fuel the UK’s economic recovery, Music Venue Trust has expressed major concerns...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Concord Music Publishing inks new deal with Boz Scaggs

Today, Concord Music Publishing is pleased to announce a new publishing deal with legendary artist and songwriter Boz Scaggs. The new deal, effective immediately, covers his full catalog from 1968 to the present, as well as his future works. “I’ve become familiar with the Concord...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

SyncFloor Partners with Mavin Records, Launches Afropop-centric SyncSite

  SyncFloor, the commercial music marketplace, is announcing its partnership with Mavin Records, bringing the label's catalog to more potential sync buyers via and its newly launched Mavin Records SyncSite. SyncFloor's SyncSites allow its rights holder partners to surface a...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Strictly Confidential Renews Long-Term Agreements with Balthazar, Nada Surf and Soap&Skin

Sohnarr Announced as new Signing Independent music publisher Strictly Confidential has announced a number of renewal deals with key artists/writers. Balthazar, Soap&Skin and Nada Surf have all extended their long-term music publishing deals, while Sohnarr, the new project from former Balthazar violin...more

30 Jun 2020 | Press release

Jack Russell Music joins IMPEL

JRM copyrights have been sampled by Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Grandmaster Flash and many more  Jack Russell Music has joined IMPEL. It is the second independent publisher to do so in the last month.Jack Russell Music was founded by Clare...more

29 Jun 2020 | Press release

Outdustry launches new music publishing company in China

Announces sub-publishing partnership with Reservoir Outdustry, the market-leading music industry services provider in China, is expanding its offer to songwriters and publishers with the launch of Outdustry Songs, an independent music publisher specialising in the Chinese market.Outdustry Songs opens for...more

29 Jun 2020 | Press release

International hit producer Avedon signs with Warner Music Benelux

  Avedon, one of the most successful international producers from the Netherlands, has signed a record deal with Warner Music Benelux.  With a series of Gold and Platinum singles in the US, and Double Platinum releases in the Netherlands, his music...more

03 Jul 2020

  • New legislation means analogue signal for radio won't be scrapped until 2032 (see Media)

  • Deezer partners with Mexican broadcaster; now valued at €1.3bn (see Business)

  • Hipgnosis aims to raise £200m (see Business)

02 Jul 2020

  • 1,500 musicians sign letter to culture secretary calling for help for venues (see News)

  • BMG strikes deal with ITV Studios (see Business)

  • MelodyVR reports financial results (see Business)

01 Jul 2020

  • Music Venue Trust seeks 'urgent clarification' on building project policy (see News)

  • Podcast creators find networks own the shows (see Digital)

30 Jun 2020

  • Artlist raises $48m additional funding (see Business)

  • Ivors awards ceremony cancelled; winners announced 2 September (see News)

  • Half-year touring figures analysed (see Analysis)

29 Jun 2020

  • BRIT Awards date moved (see News)

  • Music Venues Trust responds to Government 'roadmap' plan (see News)

26 Jun 2020

  • 6 Music manager Paul Rodgers to leave BBC after 28 years (see Media)

  • Government launches 'roadmap' to help performing arts sector, without mention of funding or time frame (see News)

  • Lucy Dickins appointed co-head at WME (see Business)

  • Ofcom launch investigation into Viagogo and StubHub merger (see News)

25 Jun 2020

  • Hackers to auction sensitive data stolen from US law firm (see News)

  • ROSTR launches World's Leading Artist Management Companies report (see Analysis)

24 Jun 2020

  • Mike Smith named global president of Downtown Music Publishing (see Business)

  • Report shows music subscription service growth in Q1 (see Analysis)

23 Jun 2020

  • Live Nation revises 2021 'stale document' festival deal; "everything is on the table to be adjusted” (see Business)

22 Jun 2020

  • Future of live music continues to be questioned (see Comment, Features)

  • PPL names most played artists and songs of 2019 (see News)