The industry calls for measures similar to those for TV and film, such as an insurance scheme
In the U.K. If the government steps in and provides funding, the music industry has warned that music festivals could be cancelled this summer.
The call to action came as Emily Eavis, who, with her father Michael, organizes the Glastonbury Festival, took to social media to deny that the event had been cancelled this year. “No news yet, we haven’t cancelled,” she tweeted Monday, after singer Mel B of the Spice Girls said Glastonbury won’t take place this June.
About Emily Eavis
Happy New Year to all of you! There’s no news, we haven’t cancelled yet. As soon as we have an update, we will let you know here….
4th January, 2021
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mel B said, “I know that Glastonbury was cancelled, so this year there are a lot of big stage performances on hold again.”
It’s sad, but we need to get this virus under control.
In the summer, when the vaccine is given to millions of people, the billion-dollar live music industry is betting on a comeback.
The pandemic contributed to a 90 percent decline in festival revenues last year.
UK Music, the umbrella association for the commercial music industry, however, said the government would move urgently to help the live music industry or concerts will have to be cancelled, including providing cancellation insurance.
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, chief executive of UK Music, said, ” The government is carrying out the vaccine and openly speculating about a return to normalcy by spring. But there is a significant risk that the lack of advance notice and available insurance options could ensure that most of the summer music season 2021 will not take place even if this proves to be a fact. The clock is ticking, and we may see major festivals and events pulling the plug any day now for lack of protection. There will have to be concerted industry and government intervention.
The strategy of UK Music, outlined in a study titled “Let the Music Play: Save Our Summer,” highlights six main steps that must be taken by the government to help the industry.
The most significant is a government-sponsored incentive scheme that serves as a kind of insurance for Covid by offering financial assistance when the corona virus hits festivals, similar to a program that has kept film and television production going in the UK.
A €2.5 billion (£2.3 billion) event cancellation fund was announced last month by Germany.
Furthermore, UK Music calls for a ‘indicative’ date when venues and events will return to full capacity, as well as an extension of the reduction in the rate of VAT on tickets and the reduction in the rate of business.
It said in November that tens of thousands of the nearly 200,000 employees in the industry were at risk of losing their jobs.
Michael Eavis said in June that if he had to cancel again this year, the Glastonbury Festival could go bankrupt.
Emily Eavis said last month that Glastonbury would lose “millions” in 2020, adding, “We’re quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will happen.”