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.
Music Venue Trust survey shows music fans reluctant to go back to gigs following Covid-19 crisis