Nearly one in three music industry jobs lost because of Covid

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According to a new report, nearly one in three jobs in the music industry have been lost as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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trade body UK Music Said 69,000 jobs were wiped out as the sector grapples with the “devastating impact” of Covid-19.

According to the organization’s report, This Is Music 2021, employment in this sector fell 35% from 197,000 in 2019 to 128,000 in 2020.

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“Music producers and the live music sectors experienced the biggest decline – the majority of those working in the industry are self-employed, and they have been hit particularly hard by Covid-19,” it said.

The report stated that while some were able to access Government Support, “there weren’t many characters”.

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According to the report, “This has resulted in thousands of music producers, crew and others leaving the industry for other sectors.”

“Many are still committed to careers in music, but the necessity means finding alternative sources of income.”

Last year venues had to be repeatedly closed amid a series of lockdowns, while several large events including Glastonbury were cancelled.

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The report said the music industry’s contribution to the economy fell 46% from £5.8 billion in 2019 to £3.1 billion in 2020.

The value of UK music exports also fell 23% from £2.9 billion in 2019 to £2.3 billion the previous year.

UK Music has called on the government to introduce measures, including tax incentives, to help the industry.

Its chief executive, Jamie Nojoku-Goodwin, said: “The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for the UK music industry, with billions eroding the sector’s value – but we are looking to the future and focus on recovery. are determined to.

“Music matters to all of us. And in a year since we’ve seen how important music is to all of our lives, it’s more important than ever that we take the necessary steps to protect, strengthen and grow the industry.” .

He added: “With the right support, the UK music industry can help drive the post-pandemic recovery.

“This music sets out the positive role that the music industry can play in the future of our country and the steps to be taken to achieve this.

“Music is a major national asset, part of our history and part of our heritage.

“More than that, it’s part of our future. And we can’t give it too much importance.”

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culture secretary Nadine Doris Wrote an introduction to the report which acknowledged how tough 2020 was for the music sector.

She said: “During these difficult times the entire industry has shown great strength, patience and resilience, pulling together to help the entire country overcome the Covid-19 crisis.

“Our £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund has been a vital lifeline, helping music organizations across the UK survive one of the worst peacetime crises on record. As the doors reopen, our Events Research The program has enabled concerts to return safely.

“We have also listened carefully to UK Music’s arguments about the market failure regarding event insurance, and have launched a government-backed £700 million live events reinsurance scheme to ensure the certainty of future events. to plan with.

“So far, our focus has been on rescue and reopening. The priority now is to ensure a strong recovery.

“The UK music industry is one of our country’s great national assets, and I make my commitment that the government will continue to support it every step of the way.”


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