ISM calls for government to extend financial support schemes9:28, 11th May 2020
In a letter to the chancellor, the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has called for the extension of financial support schemes until social distancing measures are no longer enforced.
The action follows reports that the government is considering bringing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-employed Income Scheme to a close in July.
The organisation has also called for an introduction to a sector-specific package of financial support for the music and wider creative industries, similar to a 50 billion euro programme announced in Germany.
Deborah Annets, chief executive of the ISM, said: ‘The reality is that until mass gatherings are reintroduced, which is like to be in the last stage of lockdown easing, the music sector cannot return to work. And when normal activities resume, it is uncertain that audiences will feel confident returning to live events and venues.
‘We are therefore calling for the government to extend the financial support schemes for music and other creative workers until social distancing measures are no longer enforced and mass gathering are permitted. Without the continuation of these schemes, the music sector cannot survive.’