Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran and The Rolling Stones were among some 1,500 musicians who called on Thursday for the British government to help the live music business survive the novel coronavirus outbreak. More than 70 percent of United Kingdom music venues are at risk of closure.
The campaign hinges on an open letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, urging him to take immediate action to support the live music sector.
They cited new research showing that live music added 4.5 billion pound to the British economy and supported 210,000 jobs across the country a year ago.
The live music industry is asking for a clear, conditional timeline for reopening venues without social distancing; a business and employment support package (which would include an extension to the furlough scheme, rent breaks for venues, and more); access to financial support for lost sales; and Value-Added Tax exemption on ticket sales.
Among the plethora of artists who have signed the letter are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, The Prodigy, Biffy Clyro, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Feeder, Queens of the Stone Age, Ash, Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, Bullet For My Valentine, Neck Deep, Paul McCartney, Mogwai, The Darkness, Download Festival, Bloodstock Open Air, Boston Manor and many more.
"As well as supporting the workforce that make up the industry".
In response to all this uncertainty, a group of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts and festivals have launched Let The Music Play, a campaign spotlighting the importance of the United Kingdom music sector. But without the realization of the measurements of the physical distance on the horizon, and without financial support, "the future of concerts and festivals, and hundreds of thousands of people who live in it looks bleak".
Together with raising live music's bleak plight, the campaign is calling on music fans to share on social media a film or photo of the last gig they played or saw with the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay. From the very start, playing live concerts up and down the country has been a cornerstone for my own career.
"But the possibility for other emerging British artists to take the same path is in danger if the industry doesn't receive much needed government support in the interim period before all the various venues, festivals and promoters are ready and able to operate independently again", Dua Lipa was quoted as saying.
Gallagher said: "Amazing gigs don't happen without an unbelievable team behind the stage, but they'll all be out of jobs unless we can get back out there doing what we love". From world-famous festivals to ground-breaking concerts, the live music industry showcases, supports, and develops some of the best talent in the world - on and off-stage.
"I can't wait to get back to playing for the fans".
In a tweet, the minister of Culture said that "understand the profound anxiety " the world of music, providing pressure to give a calendar and "roadmap"."All this involves very hard decisions about the future of the physical distance, which as we know has saved lives " added Oliver Dowden.