The organisation welcomes clarity for musicians about how they will be permitted to teach and perform


In response to the Government’s announcement yesterday, revealing a four-stage plan to lifting the current restrictions in England, the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) have issued a statement:

’The announcement may have focused on the return of sport, but music contributed £5.8 billion to the UK economy in 2019 and should not be underestimated. With over 40% of musicians not having received any financial support, and many more considering leaving the profession, it is imperative that the Government protects our world-leading arts sector.’


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ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts commented: ‘While the first priority remains public health, we welcome the publication of a roadmap which gives musicians clarity about how they will be permitted to teach and perform over the coming months. But until restrictions are lifted in the summer, and our sector can begin to recover, we continue to rely on Government support to prevent an exodus of world-leading talent. At each stage of the new model announced today, the Government must invest in the UK’s creative industries including music. It is essential cultural recovery funding offers targeted support for individuals as well as arts organisations.’