Last Thursday, stars from the UK’s live music sector issued an urgent plea for support from the UK Government during what would have been the UK’s world-famous festival season.
The appeal, made in a letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, was signed by 1,500 artists including Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dua Lipa, Sir Paul McCartney, Skepta, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Eric Clapton and many more!
To coincide with the letter, hundreds of famous artists posted films and photos of their last live gig under the banner #LetTheMusicPlay. Fans also posted about the last gig they went to, all in a mass show of support for the UK’s world-leading live music industry during its shutdown.
On Sunday evening, the Government announced the brilliant news that Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus (you can read more here)
The rescue package is great news for the creative sector, and The MIA welcomes this intervention from the Government. We are particularly pleased about the lifeline this creates for Grassroots Music Venues and the British live music sector; our own part of the music industry depends on it!
But… we naturally wait for the detail of the extra monies. Time is of the essence and there are concerns that the monies may not arrive in time to save many venues and institutions. There are also real worries about the huge numbers of freelancers in our industry, many of whom do not qualify for government support.
To celebrate the the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture, we’d like to bring you some of our highlights from the #LetTheMusicPlay series on Social Media last week:
Here is a touching, emotional tribute to live music by Music Venue Trust, a Charity that the MIA has been championing and supporting since its’ inception. Sound up for this one!
Here is a great graphic which sums up some of the key stats:
Here are some social media posts from all kinds of different famous artists lending their support:
Show your support for live music and share a photo from the last gig you went to with #LetTheMusicPlay
Here’s the setlist from the Rolling Stones last live show in Miami in 2019 pic.twitter.com/bNQ0LkK4wH
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) July 2, 2020
Today Paul joins artists, promotors, agents, venues and more in asking the UK government to protect the live music industry. Share photos and videos of the last show you went to using the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay to show your support! pic.twitter.com/w7yfeAB0nJ
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 2, 2020
#LetTheMusicPlay, asking the UK government to support the live music industry, which is in crisis at the moment with 50% of its workforce facing unemployment.
— Fatboy Slim (@FatboySlim) July 2, 2020
Today we’re????bringing attention To UK’s LIVE MUSIC ????Industry.Take a Min & remember The 1st. ????Concert You????Ever saw,..what it meant 2 you & How it changed ????Your Life♥️.Share your PICTURE’S & STORIES,would???? love to see & Hear them. ????Don’t forget to add #LETTHEMUSICPLAY
— Cher (@cher) July 2, 2020