Save UK Arts - Join Our Campaign

Wednesday 1st July 2020

As it has now been over 3 months since we saw the closure of venues across the UK, we wanted to provide an update on what has been happening here and also ask for your help.

There have been some positive moments in the past few weeks after months of silent phone lines.  We have seen the re-opening of studios and some orchestras starting to make bookings for socially distanced performances and "live" concerts to be streamed.  It has been wonderful to be able to pass on work offers and chat with some of you again.

However we are very aware that so far this work is only available to a small number of musicians and that for the majority of players there is still no indication of when it will be possible to get back to work.  Like all of you we have been waiting for an indication of when this might be, but the news reports over the past week have been both shocking and frightening for those of us who work in and love live arts.  The Government’s long-awaited action plan gives no indication of when public performances may be possible again or any news on the financial support our industry so desperately needs.  Concert halls and theatres are under threat of closure and some larger venues have announced that they are having to close their doors until the beginning of 2021 at the very earliest.

Like many of you we have been petitioning our MPs, supporting the campaigns of other organisations and trying to raise awareness of the crisis live arts is facing both as a company and individually.  But despite these efforts the arts are still being ignored and so we want to do our part in helping everyone come together as a community to keep up the pressure.

So with your help we would like to gather as many letters and statements as possible from people who work in or support the arts, describing how the lockdown has affected their careers and laying out their fears for the future.  We will then send these to Government officials, local MP's and anyone in a position to help keep the pressure on the Government to take urgent action.  We would love to be able to gather at least 1100 entries to represent the number of musicians who use MAS.

If you would like to support us in this you can write about any aspect of how the lockdown has affected you and your career, and why you feel it is vital the government support the classical music industry specifically or live arts in general.  You could also say if there is someone in particular you would like us to send them to, for example your local MP or anyone lobbying the Government

Please spread the word and pass this on to anyone you think would like to contribute, whether they be fellow musicians, colleagues who work in other areas of the arts or friends who are not involved in arts at all but want to see it protected for generations to come.  The more contributions we have the harder we are to ignore!

Anything you would like to submit can be sent to for inclusion.  We will send them on Wednesday 8th July and keep you updated on the response we receive from everyone we have shared this with. 

We hope you're keeping safe and well and look forward to hearing from you.  And do keep us up to date on anything else you would like us to share or promote.

Tania, Abbie and all at MAS

Musicians Union
Musicians' Movement
Public Campaign for the Arts
Petition to provide emergency funding to the Arts Council