Britain’s music business misplaced multiple third of its jobs owing to the pandemic, an business physique revealed Tuesday, because it urged larger authorities help to help the restoration.
Employment throughout the sector slumped 35 p.c yearly to 128,000 jobs in 2020, UK Music stated in a report.
“The music creators and live music sectors experienced the greatest decline,” the report added.
“The majority of those working in the industry are self-employed, and they have been hit especially hard by Covid-19.”
The UK music business’s contribution to the financial system slumped 46 p.c to £3.1 billion between 2019 and final yr, the report famous.
“The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for the UK music industry, with billions wiped off the value of the sector — but we are determined to look to the future and focus on recovery,” stated the commerce physique’s chief government Jamie Njoku-Goodwin.
“With the right support, the UK music industry can help drive the post-pandemic recovery,” he added.
The well-known Glastonbury Pageant was among the many a whole bunch of stay music occasions cancelled throughout Britain’s pandemic lockdowns.
It wasn’t till August this yr that the UK launched an insurance coverage scheme to cowl music festivals and different stay occasions, in a bundle price £750 million.
The UK music business has moreover been hit in current instances by post-Brexit curbs on touring within the European Union.