Open letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak from Save London Music Campaign founder Roger Tichborne

Dear Mr Sunak,

My main job is running Mill Hill Music Complex, a music services and support company. Our main business is running rehearsal and recording studios and hiring musical equipment for events. We employ 13 people. I believe we are a socially responsible company.

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Time to support our grassroots musicians

In times like this, London needs music and it is one thing we can safely enjoy. Our campaign has historically been about preserving venues, but at present, our focus shifts to the people who really matter, musicians. There is no live music in London. Musicians who rely on gigs to pay the bills are not earning a bean. Few musicians are flush with cash at the best of times. Can we ask the listeners to do three things to support our musicians. It won’t cost much, and it will make your life better. Please can the listeners do the following

1. Download a song/album a day from your favourite musician on a paying platform. Now is a time find great new musicians. Support them by buying their music.

2. Check out their website and buy some merchandise. A tee-shirt, poster or coaster will help them pay the bills

3. If any are having a crowd funding appeal to help them through these hard times, please make a donation, however small. 
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Everyone is having a difficult time, however we can get through this if we come together.

We are considering the logistics of putting together a daily playlist on our website, with a request to download the tracks. IF anyone out there is interested in helping, please use the contact form on the website to get in touch.

The Save London Music Campaign calls for urgent action to support live music during Corona Epidemic

London has seen an amazing renaissance of live music in  the last couple of years and the Govt & Mayor have taken many of our suggestions on board. However, Corona virus is a very clear and present danger and threatens to stop this in its tracks. There are three main areas that are being hit

1. Venues and promoters. People are not going out, so money is not being spent. Rent and staff costs still have to be met. Unexpected expenses are being incurred and whilst some of these will be met by insurance payments, these often take a considerable amount of time to resolve

2. Artists and bands are seeing a huge interruption to income streams. Most have little contingency for this. Costs have been incurred and not all of these are recoverable.

3. Freelance support staff, casual workers and zero hours bar staff etc are not getting paid. Many will be hit by huge tax payments due in June for self assessment payments.

Whilst the virus will pass, the dent in the income may completely derail the fragile recovery we’ve seen. The campaign will be calling for serious action to address this from the local and national government. Music is a huge part of the UK economy generating £5.2 million last year. The government needs to urgently allocate funds to support all of these sectors, to ensure that when the epidemic passes, we still have a viable live music scene in London.

We are calling for the following measures to be available.

  1. The Government and London Mayor to establish a hardship fund to assist artists, staff and freelancers who have seen income disappear due to cancellation of events.
  2. Deferral of the second payment of Self Assessment of income tax, due in June for all workers affected by the Corona virus. We would like to see the 2020 payment spread over the next five years
  3. Grants available to venues and promoters to tide them through the worst period of the crisis. We would suggest that this is set at a level to cover any shortfall in paying staff, rent and utility bills.
  4. As many venues may be closed during the worst of the epidemic to the general public, grants to be made available to assist with any urgent safety or infrastructure works. This will mean that the venues will be improved for the period when the epidemic passes. This will also provide work opportunities.
  5. Funds for mental health charities, to support artists affected by stress related to worries arising from the Corona virus.
  6. A hardship fund with emergency funds and loans to assist musicians, artists and promoters, hit by large, unexpected costs as a result of the virus. Whilst many organisations will be insured, there are often delays in receiving these payments, which cause terminal damage to the organisations finances.

The music industry contribute a significant amount to the UK economy, providing a serious amount of money for the UK treasury. It is time for the treasury to invest some of that money back into the sector, so that UK music industry is well placed to continue to thrive when the situation recovers.

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A major victory for the #SaveLondonMusic Campaign

A great victory for our campaign for Live music. We have campaigned long for help for grassroots venues with business rates. In 2018 we spent three months preparing a submission for the DCLG Parliamentary enquiry into live music. We are pleased to announce a major success for the campaign

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Commentary – What should be in the party manifestos to protect the music industry

By Roger Tichborne – Founder of the Save London Music Campaign

There is a General Election in less than a month. I am disturbed by the complete lack of discussion about how either the Tories or the Labour party are going to make our economy fit for purpose for the 21st century, specifically in regard to music and creative industries. None of the party leaders have any experience of running a business or generating wealth. My expertise is in the music industry. I have first hand experience of how the music industry can generate prosperity.

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Urgent appeal from The Save London Music Campaign

Dear Supporter,

I apologise for having to make this appeal. The Save London Music Campaign was set up in 2015 to campaign to preserve the musical heritage of London. We have assisted campaigns to save venues and have submitted information to a major parliamentary enquiry into live music. No one associated with our campaign has received payments and our website was set up by Amadi Digital for free and has been administered by Mill Hill Music Complex for free. Neither organisation has sought any financial compensation or sought to profit from the arrangement.

For a period in 2015/6, an unpaid intern, keen to assist with the campaign and learn about the music industry spent several hours a week assisting the campaign and putting together news articles for our site. These generally linked to news stories in other publications. One of these was an article in the Guardian, detailing the closure of Madame Jojo’s nightclub in Soho. The intern contacted the nightclub and asked if there was any way the Save London Campaign could assist. The nightclub asked us to do what we could to publicise the situation and stated that we had their permission to use their image in any articles on our website.

Several weeks ago, the campaign was contacted by PA Images, a company that licenses photographs to media publications, stating that the Save London Music Campaign had used images without permission. The article put together by the intern contained two photographs of Madame Jojo’s, which PA Images owned the copyright for. The company demanded a total of £188 for use of the images.

Whilst the Save London Music Campaign is a keen supporter of intellectual copyright, given the across the board support that the campaign has received from creative industries, we assumed that when the situation was explained, PA Images would waive the usual fee, in support of our campaign.

Given that the photographers who create the wealth of creative organisations such as PA need venues (such as Madame Jojo’s) to earn a living, it seemed to us to be quite reasonable for a campaign that has no income and no funds to ask for the fee to be waived, and an expression of support from PA Images. Whilst they are a business and it is their absolute right to not support the campaign, we were disappointed when they stated that they would absolutely not waive their fee. There was no expression of support for our campaign either.

As the campaign has no funds, we now need to raise the money to pay these fees. We are asking all of our supporters to make a small donation to the campaign. We are asking anyone who cares about Live music and the London music scene to donate £5 via paypal to our appeal.

Please send donations to SaveLondonMusic @ Gmail.Com  (remove the spaces around the @). As we are making this appeal, we are also hoping to raise a further £50 to make ‘Save London Music’ badges and if we hit our target, we will send everyone who donates a free badge. The campaign is in the process of launching a new site, detailing the history of Londons music venues. Please watch this space for more details. We have set up the site and we will soon be asking for memories and pictures (although not from PA Imges or their associates!) to build a world class site of memories of the London Music Scene

UK Music – Official Guidance for UK musicians

The London Music scene is facing a huge threat from plans for a hard Brexit from the EU. Due to the UK departure from the Customs Union and new rules on free movement of people, working and tax arrangements, musicians deriving income from the EU, be it through sales/licensing, merchandising and touring need to be aware of what will be required.

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