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Pressure grows on the government to support grassroots music venues

A host of A-list names have added their weight to the campaign to support independent and small music venues in the UK.

Stars and acts including Liam Gallagher, Paul McCartney, Dua Lipa, Dizzee Rascal and Radiohead have all signed an open letter to the government in the latest phase of the campaign to support venues.

This follows on from last month’s open letter from the Music Venue Trust and over 560 member venues, which called for government action to prevent imminent closures and the loss of a £5.2 billion a year British industry supporting countless jobs.

“Our Grassroots Music Venues are the fundamental foundations and cornerstone on which our world beating £5.2 billion per year music industry has been built for the last 60 years. Without our Grassroots Music Venues, there would be no The Beatles. No The Rolling Stones, no Led Zeppelin, no Duran Duran, no Sade, no Oasis, no Skunk Anansie, no Adele, no Ed Sheeran, no Dua Lipa. Our Grassroots Music Venues are absolutely essential to the whole UK music industry bouncing back at any time in the future.”

The new open letter reads:

“Dear Secretary of State,

UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. From world-famous festivals to ground-breaking concerts, the live music industry showcases, supports, and develops some of the best talent in the world – on and off-stage.

As important as it is, our national and regional contribution isn’t purely cultural. Our economic impact is also significant, with live music adding £4.5billion to the British economy and supporting 210,000 jobs across the country in 2019.

Like every part of the entertainment industry, live music has been proud to play our part in the national effort to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and keep people safe. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak

This sector doesn’t want to ask for government help. The promoters, festival organisers, and other employers want to be self-sufficient, as they were before lockdown. But, until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies, and the end of this great world-leading industry.

Government has addressed two important British pastimes – football and pubs – and it’s now crucial that it focuses on a third, live music. For the good of the economy, the careers of emerging British artists, and the UK’s global music standing, we must ensure that a live music industry remains when the pandemic has finally passed.”

Artists will be uploading content and streaming their last shows under the hashtag #LetTheMusicPlay . Support is coming from across the industry:

To share your support, if you weren't lucky enough to have been in Oasis, simply post a pic/video or memory of the last gig you attended along with #LetTheMusicPlay

If you are an advertiser or planning agency you can sponsor an independent venue when it re-opens with RockBox's music venue OOH formats. We will donate 100% the media cost for our formats directly to the venue your posters/screens features in for the first 2 months of re-opening and you can demonstrate your support on the artwork. This will be a vital cash injection for the venue and go towards initial operational costs to get back up and running.

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