The ISM responds to Arts Council England's announcement of Cultural Recovery Fund grant applications and further details for the £1.57 billion arts support package

Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that live indoor performances will be postponed until August 15, Incorporated Society of Musicians Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts said:

We are disappointed but not surprised at the Prime Minister’s announcement today that indoor live performances will not be able to resume until 15 August at the earliest.

While safety of everyone involved in live performance is paramount, this further blow to the reopening of venues highlights again the urgent need for financial support for freelancers whose income is overwhelmingly dependent on performing and venues reopening, and whose lives have ground to a complete halt as a result of COVID-19.

The music sector is once more being forced to look at the viability of its long-term survival . The Prime Minister’s announcement adds further reason to our call to government to extend the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme at least until the end of the year, as well as to widen the eligibility criteria for freelancers to access vital support in this time'

Notes to editors

Extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

  • ‘Musicians are facing a cliff edge of the government’s own making' - the ISM responds to government's failure to support freelancers (9 July 2020)

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