三分之一的英國音樂人可能在大流行中退出行業

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  • 三分之一的英國音樂人可能在大流行中退出行業

      202101/1303:09

    ◎三分之一的專業英國音樂人正考慮在冠狀病毒大流行中放棄職業。
    ◎一項針對2,000名音樂家聯盟(Musiansians Union)成員的調查發現,有34%的人“正在考慮完全放棄該行業”,因為他們在大流行期間面臨嚴重的財務困難,表演機會被嚴重削減。調查指出,幾乎一半的人已經找到了自己行業以外的工作,無薪假音樂人中,有87%的人表示,10月將面臨財務困難。工會秘書長(Horace Trubridge)表示,我們正進入一個秋天和冬天,幾個月沒有工作,除了普遍信貸之外,根本沒有政府的財政支持,這對於一個價值52億英鎊的行業來說是令人震驚的。
    ◎這項調查是在音樂預訂服務公司Encore於8月進行的。該調查發現,在接受調查的560位音樂家中,有64%的人正在考慮退出該行業, 41%的人在今年剩餘時間內沒有預訂。
    ◎大流行危機期間,英國政府提供了15.7億英鎊的一籃子計劃,用於支持藝術和文化,該計劃將分配給諸如博物館和場館之類的藝術組織,但不分發給個人。由於各種因素,包括個人工作室,音樂家聯盟的三分之一成員沒有資格獲得經濟救濟計劃。DCMS發言人表示,已經提供緊急資金,以支持135個基層音樂場所,並正在處理超過8億英鎊的額外撥款申請,以確保快速,公平地分配這筆資金。
    ◎在大流行期間,包括(Nick Cave),(Laura Marling),(Bicep)和(Sleaford Mods)在內的音樂人已經轉向票務直播來賺錢,但是(Horace Trubridge)警告說,與其他明星免費在線表演一樣,“職業音樂家很難與之競爭”。

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    Musicians’ Union, whose survey also finds one-third of professional musicians can’t access emergency support, criticises DCMS and Treasury over ‘lack of understanding’
    One-third of professional British musicians are considering giving up their careers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    A survey of 2,000 members of the Musicians’ Union found that 34% “are considering abandoning the industry completely”, because of the financial difficulties they face during the pandemic, as performance opportunities are severely curtailed.
    Almost half have already found work outside their industry, and 70% are unable to do more than a quarter of their usual work. Eighty-seven per cent of musicians covered by furlough and self-employment support schemes say they will face financial hardship when the schemes are due to end in October.
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    “Musicians are working in supermarkets, being Deliveroo drivers, going back to things they trained for early in life,” Horace Trubridge, the union’s general secretary, told the Guardian. “Anything but music – that’s the problem.
    “We’re going into an autumn and winter with months of no work, and no financial support from the government at all apart from universal credit – which is appalling for an industry that’s worth £5.2bn.”
    The survey follows another last month by musician booking service Encore, who found that 64% of 560 musicians they surveyed were thinking of leaving the profession. 41% reported having no bookings for the remainder of the year.
    Concert venues have been allowed to reopen with social distancing, but there are scarcely any concerts taking place compared with the start of 2020. Weddings, conferences and other live events, where professional musicians often make a portion of their income, have dropped in number, as has the amount of music teaching.
    Nick Cave performing a livestreamed concert in July.
    Nick Cave performing a livestreamed concert in July. Photograph: Joel Ryan
    A third of Musicians’ Union members have not been eligible for financial relief schemes, due to various factors including individuals being set up as limited companies; having their earnings split between self-employment and non-furloughed taxed income, so they don’t quality for either scheme; or earning more than the £50,000 threshold for self-employed earners. “Which, if you’re living in central London, as the breadwinner with a family, isn’t that much money,” Trubridge says.
    The UK government has supported arts and culture during the crisis with a £1.57bn package that is being distributed to arts organisations such as museums and venues, but not individuals. Trubridge says that the funding has done “nothing for the workforce … You need creators to create new art. But you need extremely skilled and talented musicians to deliver that creativity, and those are the people who have been left out of the equation. Those world-leading musicians who have spent all their lives perfecting what they do, there is no lifeline for them whatsoever. There is a lack of understanding of our profession, even within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and no understanding within the Treasury.”
    A DCMS spokesperson told the Guardian in response: “We are working flat out to support our world class performing arts sector through challenging times. Our unprecedented £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund builds on £200m in emergency public funding to stabilise organisations, protect jobs and ensure work continues to flow to freelancers. We have already provided emergency funding to support 135 grassroots music venues and are processing applications for more than £800m of additional grant funding. We are working closely with the sector to ensure this funding is distributed quickly and fairly.”
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    The Musicians’ Union is proposing a “2-for-1” scheme similar to the government’s eat out to help out scheme, in which the government would underwrite the cost of a second seat at a concert – effectively allowing those seats to be removed or blocked to ensure social distancing. But as the UK anticipates more stringent measures to contain the virus, Trubridge says: “It’s all looking extremely bleak again. We’d love to have a date we can move to stage five of the roadmap, where indoor music can occur without social distancing, but that seems a long way off with the current state of the pandemic.”
    Musicians including Nick Cave, Laura Marling, Bicep and Sleaford Mods have turned to ticketed livestreams to make money during the pandemic, but Trubridge warned that with other stars performing for free online, “it’s very difficult for a jobbing musician to compete with that”.

     

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