In response to the ever-deepening crisis facing the UK’s live events industry, some of London’s most iconic arts buildings lit up in red last night (Tuesday August 11). The Red Alert campaign’s aim is to highlight the threat of job losses in the live events and entertainment sector, with out-of-work crew also taking part in marches within the UK and gathering along London’s South Bank in protest. 

Organisers of last night’s light-up say that around 1 million people in the UK work in the live events and entertainment industry, many of whom are freelance. They’re calling on government support and better protections for their livelihoods, with venues now having been closed for five months.

Calls for grants to help support DJ’s, live bands, singers and event companies from our government to help aid us and our industry to prevent more company closures and people losing their homes, businesses, livelihood and tearing families apart!

Mobile DJs and the private sector have been hit one of the hardest in our profession. We were the first to close and we are more likely to be the last to reopen. 

A message from one of our members who wished not to be named said “I can’t see us getting back out there like we used to until at least summer 2021, We might as well write Christmas and new years off now as it probably won’t happen”

The Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, the London Eye, and the National Theatre are a few of the venues that have teamed with thousands of socially distanced volunteers to ask the government to “throw a line” to the sector.

Trade association PLASA (Professional Lighting and Sound Association) is asking that the government makes grants – not loans – available to businesses in the events supply chain, as well as extend the furlough scheme that ends in October until the industry is back to work. It is also asking the government to extend the self-employment scheme that is tailored towards the industry.

“This day of action aims to raise awareness of the events sector, which is worth £100 billion and employs up to one million people,” said a PLASA statement.

Peter Heath, PLASA managing director, said the live events industry supply chain “is set to completely collapse without financial support from the government, due to social distancing prohibiting mass events.”

“Large scale events are not expected to reopen until Spring 2021 at the earliest, and the reality is that the sector can’t wait that long,” added Heath. “The sector is on its last legs, and now the whole industry is coming together to ask the government to ‘throw us a line’.”

Last month, more than 1,500 artists and industry figures came together to call on the government to stop “catastrophic damage” to live music amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the launch of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign.

After months of campaigning from fans and the world of music, the UK government revealed plans for an unprecedented cash injection of £1.57 billion to help the arts, culture and heritage industries survive the impact of closures brought on by coronavirus – providing music venues, independent cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres and heritage sites with emergency grants and loans.

While the relief for venues was welcome, many warned that without urgent government clarity, support and action, the pipeline of talent that plays within them could be cut short – declaring that musicians and crew were facing their “biggest crisis since the 1920s” without support.


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