The MIA have signed an open letter to the Chancellor calling for the extension of financial support for freelancers in the creative industries until Spring 2021, otherwise we risk an exodus of talent from the performing arts…
The letter was written by our partners at the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and performing arts union Equity, who fear venues will struggle to reopen because smaller audiences mean less profit from ticket sales.
We are asking for the Treasury’s self-employment income support scheme (SEISS), which in its second round will award individual grants of up to £6,570, to run until spring 2021 – far beyond its current cut-off date of 19 October.
We call on the government to put in place a tailored financial support scheme for the self-employed creative workforce, who are the lifeblood of the performing arts, until venues can properly reopen.
Our part of the music industry depends on musicians, so its of utmost importance to us that they are supported until they are able to work again.
As well as the MIA, the high profile signatories to the letter sent to the chancellor includes: The Musicians’ Union, The Music Teachers Association, RSL Awards, Help Musicians, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, The Brit School, UK Theatre, the Society of London Theatre, the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and many many more.
The letter has already been picked up by the press, and you can read an article published by The Guardian this week here: UK ‘risks exodus of talent’ from creative sector due to coronavirus
You can read the full letter with the complete list of over 120 signatories from organisations and industry bodies across the creative industry here:Creative industry joint letter to the Chancellor 19.08.2020