UK Music Chair Tom Watson has demanded further government support for businesses within the music industry affected by the ongoing pandemic.
The former MP, and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, who was appointed to his position of UK Music Chair in late March, said the government had a responsibility to increase its aid to those in the music industry impacted by lockdown measures leaving many artists unable to make rent.
“We are going to need more help from the government, especially if restrictions on large gatherings such as concerts are to remain in place until the end of the year,” he said, as reported by Music Week.
“I would urge the government to work with us at UK Music to ensure that our music industry remains the envy of the world.”
Watson noted that from his years working in parliament means he knows just “how slowly the wheels of government can turn.”
He continued: “Many in the music business are directors of their own small firms. But they are disqualified from the self-employed scheme and cannot furlough themselves as this would stop their firms from operating.
“Rightly, the immediate focus of everyone is on the unprecedented public health emergency facing us. However, it is vital we start to look forward and think about how we can best emerge from this lockdown and revive the economy and get music people back to doing what they love.
“We are going to need more help from the government, especially if restrictions on large gatherings such as concerts are to remain in place until the end of the year.”