UK musicians have lost £13.9m due to COVID-1911:51, 23rd March 2020
A new report from the Musicians’ Union has revealed that musicians across the UK are estimated to have lost £13.9m in earnings so far, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report shows that 90% of those working in the industry have already been affected, with job opportunities down 69% on the same time last year. Gigging and live performances has seen the most financial loss as a result of the pandemic, while teaching and orchestral work has also experienced a significant downturn due to social distancing measures.
Members of the Musicians’ Union have expressed their concern about the long-term impact of live music cancellations, with one member describing how their livelihood has been ‘wiped out’ due to the pandemic, adding that they are now struggling with conflicting information on issues such as applying for Universal Credit.
The Musicians’ Union is launching the Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund (MUCHF), offering £200 grants to members who have been affected by COVID-19.
Horace Trubridge, general secretary of the Musicians’ Union comments: ‘Music is one of the few certainties we can rely on to provide happiness and relief in tumultuous times. But musicians – whether they work in theatre, teaching, orchestras, gig-playing – will feel the full financial force of this global disaster.
‘We hope this fund goes some way to providing a small amount of relief to our members, but we urgently need the government to provide clarity on what wider support will be available and we call on the record industry to play its part too.’