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Music Venue Trust urges government to provide £50m rescue package for grassroots venues as survey unveils music fans reluctant to return to gigs

News: 23rd June 2020 by Stef Loukes under Live

The Music Venue Trust has called upon the UK government to offer up a £50 million rescue package to the grassroots live music industry, and this notion is being backed by hundreds of grassroots venues themselves.

Following a recent survey conducted by Music Venue Trust amongst 30,000 live music fans to gauge their confidence in returning to gigs safely, they found only 36% of avid gig goers would be happy to return to gig venues following the Covid-19 crisis.

Further research from the Music Venue Trust found that only 1 in 7 music venues would be able to successfully open following social distancing guidelines, and 96% of those venues could risk financial ruin from running with only a limited capacity.

It is apparent that the government needs to act to save the UK's culture and live music scene, which has been world renowned for decades and brings in £1.1 billion to the economy.

Please check out the links below for further reading and details. We've also included a link to a petition calling upon Boris Johnson to cancel his proposed UK Festival of Britain costing £120 million and reallocate these funds to protect the UK's grassroots culture.


Related Links

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jun/20/uk-public-wary-of-live-music-as-industry-calls-for-50m-rescue-package

https://completemusicupdate.com/article/government-needs-to-make-a-50-million-cash-injection-to-save-the-uks-grassroots-venue-network-says-mvt/

https://completemusicupdate.com/article/hundreds-of-grassroots-music-venues-back-call-for-50-million-cash-injection-from-government/

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-cancel-the-festival-of-britain-save-britain-s-grassroots-culture

https://www.nme.com/news/music/only-13-of-uk-grassroots-music-venues-say-they-could-reopen-with-two-metre-social-distancing-2692991


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