'Now is the time for the government to listen and act' - the ISM responds to the DCMS Committee report on the impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors

Responding to the announcement of further detail on grant applications for the £1.57 billion arts support package, Incorporated Society of Musicians Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts said:

'Further detail on the grant application process is welcome, as with many cultural organisations on the verge of collapse or having already closed, we urgently need to get the funding from the government to those in our sector that need it most.

Yet there is still no plan for long-term financial support for freelancers, who make up the majority of the music sector workforce.

With the number of live performances likely to remain extremely low for the rest of the year, freelancers will be without sufficient work opportunities while also being deprived of government support. Even this new guidance indicates that some venues may not re-open until March 2021, six months after the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) ends.

This must be tackled head on, by extending SEISS at least until the end of the year. Otherwise we risk an exodus of talent and further damage to the health of the music sector.'


Notes to editors

Extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

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