The Select Committee Report and Fairer Rewards for Musicians

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Our partners at The MU have welcomed a report from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that not only calls for sector specific support for musicians during the COVID-19 crisis, but also calls on DCMS to investigate how to ensure a fairer reward for musicians in the age of streaming…

The MIA are pleased to read the excellent recommendations designed to support the musicians that our industry relies on. The MU are now calling on the Government to respond to this report in a positive way and act to protect and support musicians before it’s too late. We encourage you to support the reports recommendation for the Government to act now to support musicians by continuing to ask the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to protect all self-employed workers, and ensure no musician is left behind. There is a template available at the end of this article.

MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge appeared before the committee on 9 June to give evidence on the impact that COVID-19 has had on musicians. At the time he highlighted that 40% of musicians did not qualify for either assistance scheme and he called for:

  • Extension of Government support schemes for our sector until normal work can be resumed
  • Plugging of all gaps in the scheme
  • A review into the streaming funding model

The report makes some excellent recommendations, which pick up on many of Horace’s points.

Main recommendations in the report

  • Flexible sector specific versions of CJRS and SEISS for creative industries until their work and income returns to a sustainable level
  • Government must learn from shortcomings of their support schemes and must recognise the importance of supply chains – without workers, there is not much use for a venue beyond its inherent value
  • DCMS should investigate how a fairer streaming model could work
  • Music tax relief – modelled on existing orchestra tax relief.

Horace Trubridge says:

“We are delighted that the Committee has picked up on so many of the issues that I raised back in June, and I thank them for their work on this issue. The MU now calls on the Government to respond to this report in a positive way and to act to protect and support musicians before it’s too late.

“Music is worth £5.2 billion to the UK economy and the Chancellor needs to bear that in mind. Our industry is the envy of the world, but we won’t retain it unless we invest in it during this difficult time. Our sector must have further financial support from the Government if it is to survive and resume pre-COVID levels of production’

He also welcomed the Committee’s recommendation to investigate the unfairness of the streaming model:

“At a time when the major record companies are making eye-watering profits, it cannot be right that established musicians are left to rely on hardship funds. There needs to be a full review into the streaming model to see where the money is going, because it is not going to the musicians.”

You can support the reports recommendation for the Government to act now to support musicians by continuing to ask the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to protect all self-employed workers, and ensure no musician is left behind.

You can  use the MU’s template letter  if you’re not sure what to say. Remember to include how you are affected too. Personal stories make all the difference.

Write to Rishi now.

Find out more about the committee and the report here: committees.parliament.uk/impact-of-covid19-on-dcms-sectors