As the impact of the COVID-19 becomes ever more real, we are all seeing a huge impact on our lives, our loved ones, our finances and our wellbeing. For many across the music industry however, those realities have hit more quickly and have the potential to have an even deeper effect than most. While the live industry was one of the earliest victims of the pandemic, many in our industry are realising that we may be the last to receive the support that’s so desperately needed.

We fought incredibly hard to see parity in the support for the self-employed workers, collecting data which enormously supported our case to DCMS, Treasury and No. 10. There are gaps in this support however, as currently structured it doesn’t reach everybody that needs it and there will be a delay, so we fight on.

The data we collected so far is stark and we have called upon those in our industry with the broadest shoulders to do their fair share to support our community. This is the time to be united, supportive and non-partisan, if any part of the industry fails, we will all be poorer for it when this finally passes (and it will pass). We have seen some incredible spirit throughout this crisis though, and with this in mind, we have been collecting advice, tips, news and support resources which we will host on our website and continue to update as long as it is needed. If you’re doing something, need something or we’ve missed something, or you just want to reach out, please contact me –david@thefac.org– and we will do all we can to help you. For now, please take a look at this page, please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

David Martin – General Manager, FAC

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