Time for Rishi Sunak to step up and save the UK’s live music scene

The budget is imminent. After the bleakest two years in living memory for the live music scene, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, has a unique opportunity to save the UK’s live music scene. It is no exaggeration to state that the industry is facing an existential crisis. Venues have closed, people have left the indusrty, travelling to gigs has become costlier and there are all to real worries for some about health.

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The #SaveLondonMusic Campaign calls for urgent action from the Mayor of London to protect our night time economy

By Roger Tichborne

There are few sectors that have suffered more than live music in London. It is not just venues closing their doors with no notice that is an issue. The staff that earned their livelihoods working in the music sector, especially freelancers, have had no income for the best part of eighteen months.

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How is the local Barnet music scene is recovering from the Covid19 pandemic

By Roger Tichborne

So how has the music scene really been over the last two years? As someone running a studio, I get to see things at the coalface. Between March 21st 2020 and July 2021, my business, Mill Hill Music Complex did not have a single week where our weekly income was higher that 2019.

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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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#SaveLondon Music Backs #LetTheMusicPlay

UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

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Lifting the lockdown – Where is the action to support live music and theatres?

A Statement from the Save London Music Campaign regarding the partial lifting of lockdown.

Last week, in anticipation of todays announcement, the Save London Music Campaign asked for assistance for live music, theatres and other arts venues. Specifically the campaign asked for the following measures.

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister concerning support for Live Music Venues and other Arts venues

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you on behalf of the #SaveLondonMusic campaign regarding enhanced support for the arts, music and creative sector. Our campaign was started in 2015, with the aim of protecting, preserving and enhancing the live music scene in London. Until the lockdown, we have been seeing a real resurgence of live music in London. London is the heart of the UK creative sector. The UK music sector contributes £5 billion to the economy, but the true contribution is far higher, extending the soft influence of the UK globally. 

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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.