Let The Music Play

UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Like other countries such as Germany and Australia, we need the Government to help the music industry, which contributes £5.2 billion to the economy annually and sustains almost 200,000 jobs to ensure it remains world-leading following the damage caused by this pandemic.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2nd 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.


Along with artists, production companies, record companies, music promotors, festival organisers and music venues we have put our support behind this important campaign. In doing so we’ve joined Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, The Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Snow Patrol, The 1975, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Jools Holland, Stereophonics, Sir Paul McCartney and 1500 other artists to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.