The move follows the announcement of a £1.57BN rescue package for the arts and culture sectors
Bodies representing the UK's nightclub, festival and electronic music industries have joined forces to launch #LetUsDance, a campaign that seeks to ensure the rescue package recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, is fairly distributed.
Organisations that are backing the campaign include the Night-Time Industries Association (NTIA), the Musicians Union, the Association for Electronic Music, UK Hospitality, the Ivors Academy, the Performing Rights Society, and the UK Live Music Group. While these organisations welcome the government's intervention, they are seeking, in the words of NTIA CEO Michael Kill, "assurances that dance music venues and nightclubs will be eligible to apply for the funding and that it will not be reserved purely for venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the West End.”
Sacha Lord, who is Nightlife Advisor to Greater Manchester Council, added: "Last week’s recognition and rescue package for arts and culture by the Government was very much welcomed. However, I am astounded and confused that they do not recognise the UK dance music industry as a part of this. There has always been an elitist snobbery towards electronic and dance music, however, I would argue that this sector reaches more people in terms of culture, as some of our theatres do. I call out the government, not only to recognise this part of the industry, but also put in place guidance and support to protect our venues, festivals, artists, freelancers, and supply chain."
The campaigners point out that the festivals industry in the UK provides 85,000 jobs and adds £1.75BN to the nation's economy each year, while the country's 1,600 nightclubs are a key component of a broader night-time economy valued at £66BN per annum. To support that, government initiatives they're asking for include:
• rent breaks for dance music venues that have been forced to stay closed
• an extension of the furlough scheme and of financial support for the self-employed
• the rolling-over of events licence fees to next year, for festivals that had to be called off in 2020, and
• financial support to compensate for lost ticket sales.
Artists who've already pledged their support include the likes of Adam Beyer, Andy C, Caribou, Charlotte De Witte, Daniel Avery, Eats Everything, Fatboy Slim, Four Tet, Danny Rampling, Maya Jane Coles, Massive Attack, Mistajam, Norman Jay OBE, Pete Tong and Roni Size.
And you can get involved, too! To help spread awareness of the campaign, the organisers have asked people to post pictures from the last club or festival you attended on social media today, using the hashtag #LetUsDance.
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