What do electronic musicians like Four Tet, Fatboy Slim and Black Coffee have in common? They’re all signatories on UK Music‘s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign. They and 1,500 other acts have called upon the U.K. government to step up relief for artists and music institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to UK Music’s letter, the country’s music industry accounts for £5.2 billion of the annual GDP as well as 200,000 jobs. Lawmaker relief, they argue, hasn’t compared to that of Germany and Australia. To rectify that, they ask for a clear reopening timeline, a business and employment support package, and a value added tax on all ticket sales.
As part of an initial July 2nd push, superstars from across the music spectrum tweeted the hashtag. Joining them were organizations like the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), who themselves shared a grim outlook for U.K. without government aid clubs in a May survey.
— Black Coffee (@RealBlackCoffee) July 2, 2020
#LetTheMusicPlay, asking the UK government to support the live music industry, which is in crisis at the moment with 50% of its workforce facing unemployment.
— Fatboy Slim (@FatboySlim) July 2, 2020
UK live music scene is in deep trouble right now and urgently needs support from the government. We will lose so many venues and the crew and production teams etc that make everything possible need support. Check #LetTheMusicPlay to see what’s going on. pic.twitter.com/0Vk1nHlSyy
— Four Tet (@FourTet) July 2, 2020
NTIA Supports The Live Music Industry which added 4.5 Billion to the economy in 2019 and supported 210, 000 jobs across the UK! We are asking artists, fans, venues and professionals to share videos and images of their last live gig TODAY under the banner of #LetTheMusicPlay pic.twitter.com/D7vdgnjW6L
— NTIA (@wearethentia) July 2, 2020
Learn more about #LetTheMusicPlay on the UK Music website.