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The Ivors Academy issues a plea to Chancellor for urgent help to fight coronavirus crisis

We have joined forces with leading music organisations and charities in writing a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, urging Government to address the financial crisis of the music industry caused by the coronavirus.

The self-employed make up 72% of the music industry’s workforce. We pressed Government to urgently implement measures to guarantee income for the self-employed and workers on zero-hour contracts, particularly music creators, live performers, peripatetic music teachers, managers, engineers and producers. This is vital as ‘the current welfare system is not devised for a situation where the Government is strongly advising the music sector to stop work’.

We also asked Government to enact support for staff wages and VAT holidays for businesses; to provide clarity about the ban on mass events; and to guarantee accountability of insurance companies.

Read the letter here

We need Government to act immediately to save our world-class industry and show that every creator matters.

The signatories to the letter to the Chancellor are:

Tom Kiehl, Acting CEO, UK Music
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, Incorporated Society of Musicians
James Ainscough, CEO, Help Musicians
Horace Trubridge, General Secretary, Musicians Union
Annabella Coldrick, CEO, Music Managers Forum
Graham Davies, CEO, The Ivors Academy
Olga FitzRoy, Executive Director, Music Producers Guild


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