How coronavirus has impacted the music industry

UK Music's Let the Music Play campaign

UK Music's Let the Music Play campaign - Credit: Archant

Between the collapse of music festivals, people streaming less music, and the pause on live music, the pandemic is costing the music industry a devastating amount of money.

Recently, London's iconic Royal Albert Hall announced it will not make it to its 150th anniversary without urgent funding.

In addition, multiple venues across the country announced closures, including Manchester's cherished Deaf Institute and Gorilla, and Hull's The Welly and The Polar Bear, after their operating company went into administration.

As it stands, the future of live music is not looking so bright.

Earlier this month, UK Music announced its Let the Music Play campaign, which encouraged arts supporters and music fans alike to share their support for the campaign and write to their local MP about further support - ours is Kevin Foster, by the way.

Following its launch, the Government announced a £1.57 billion support package for the arts.

Although it sounds like a lot of money, it really is just the start of the assistance that the music industry deeply requires.

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Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, released a statement that claimed music venues would be allowed to reopen from August 1, as long as they follow strict social distancing measures.

It's strange to think what this might look like but Virgin has already announced plans for the world's first socially distanced venue in Newcastle.

This may sound good on paper — but it takes away from the point that many independently run venues are at risk of closure.

There are still some ways you can support the music industry during this time.

Many musicians are performing livestreamed shows, which you can donate to.

Bandcamp are wiping their fees on the first Friday of the month, so all the money spent will go straight to the artist. I recently bought Father John Misty's Anthem +3 and Melbourne-based RVG's A Quality of Mercy.

Also, if you've got a few quid lying around, why not think about donating it to your favourite music venue.