Just in time for many
Jessie Atkinson
10:43 6th July 2020

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The UK Government has pledged £1.5bn to the UK arts sector. The support includes emergency grants and "generous" loans for the country's art insitutions, including music venues. 

The support was announced following weeks of urgent calls for emergency funding: on Thursday, thousands of artists from around the world ran a #LetTheMusicPlay campaign which estimated that 90% of grassroots music venues may close without an urgent cash injection.

The live music industry added £4.5billion to the 2019 economy, supporting 210,000 jobs, the campaign said.

Now, live music venues - as well as museums, galleries, theatres and other insitutions in the sector - will receive "world-leading" support in the form of £270m in loans and £880m in grants.

In an open letter to the government on Thursday signatories wrote: "This sector doesn’t want to ask for government help. The promoters, festival organisers, and other employers want to be self-sufficient, as they were before lockdown. But, 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 great British industry."

Signatures include Blur, The xx, Depeche Mode, Songhoy Blues, Patti Smith and thousands more. Find out more here. 

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