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PPL PRS back UK Music strategy to revive live music in 2021


PPL PRS back UK Music strategy to revive live music in 2021

 PPL PRS Limited, the Leicester-based music licensing company is backing a report by UK Music which maps out a strategy to revive and relaunch the live music industry in 2021, following the COVID-19 pandemic which has devastated the sector since March last year

The report, released yesterday, entitled Let the Music Play: Save our Summer 2021 details how the industry, which was worth £5.8 billion to the UK economy prior to the pandemic, has seen a 90.2% drop in revenue for festivals in 2020 with fears of redundancies of up to 50% in the workforce, according to the Association of Independent Festivals.

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The report also claims of fears that up to 71% of musicians are either actively considering leaving the sector or are unsure if they will continue, according to a survey by the Musicians’ Union.

PPL PRS, responsible for TheMusicLicence, which enables venues and festivals in the UK to play or perform music in public, is supporting the measures which UK Music have suggested to ensure the survival of the live music industry.

PPL PRS Managing Director

Andrea Gray, Managing Director of PPL PRS said: “The live music industry has been one of the hardest hit as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with venues being unable to open and gigs being cancelled. This report by UK Music shows how badly affected the industry is, however the road map they have produced to help venues open and live events take place is a positive and exciting development, and PPL PRS are delighted to see a light at the end of the tunnel for live music.

Hopefully, the summer of 2021 will see live events taking place once again, under safe guidelines obviously, and the UK live music industry, and all who are a part of it, can get back to what they do best.”

In March 2020 PPL PRS committed to not charging any business, which was unable to open due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for TheMusicLicence for the duration of the time they were closed or unable to play music.

 Read the report


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