The Budget statement is approaching. The Musicians’ Union is focused on five points for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to consider in regards of the music industry, which are:
1. Extend SEISS (Self-employment Income Support Scheme) and furlough beyond April for sectors that cannot return to work.
2. Adjust SEISS to ensure that all musicians are covered in future rounds of funding.
3. Open up the second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) to freelancers in England – in line with Scotland and Wales.
4. Introduce an insurance scheme for summer festivals and other events.
5. A subsidy for live events to happen with reduced capacity under social distancing.
They are doing everything in their power, but we as musicians working in the UK need to take action as well, and we must hurry because the budget speech will be delivered on Wednesday!
There are three things you can do to convince Mr. Sunak and the government to invest on musicians:
Share your message for Rishi Sunak on social media:
- If you’re on Twitter, retweet this video with your message to Rishi
- If you’re on Instagram, share this post with your message to Rishi
- Not sure what to say? Take a look at the examples in our Instagram highlights for inspiration.
Write to Rishi Sunak at the Treasury:
- Take a look at our short template letter for inspiration and add your story
- Use the Treasury’s dedicated email to contact the Chancellor firstname.lastname@example.org
- Let the MU know you’ve written to Rishi on Twitter and Instagram @WeAreTheMU #InvestInMusicians
Share your story using the MU’s customisable graphic:
- Log in to your Google account to access the graphic, if you have one.
- Make a copy of the template and customise it by switching out the text for your story and replacing the photo with one of your own.
- Download the image and share it across social media using the hashtag #InvestInMusicians. Tag us using @WeAreTheMU on Twitter and Instagram.
- If you need any assistance, explore our more detailed instructions or email campaigns@theMU.org.