(2 Jul 2020) ED SHEERAN, ROLLING STONES, MORE CALL ON UK GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran are among more than 1,500 musicians are asking the British government to step in and save the country’s world-renowned live music scene from devastation by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Little Mix, Coldplay and Dua Lipa are also signatories to an open letter saying that the ban on mass gatherings in response to the virus could mean “the end of this world-leading industry.”
The letter says that “with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.”
Britain’s summer music festivals are a major employer and revenue-generator. All have been canceled this year, or become online-only events because of COVID-19.
The U.K. government says it is already supporting millions of furloughed workers, including in the culture sector. and is looking at what “look at additional support we can provide the industry.”
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