English singer Ed Sheeran - Landmark / Starface
Four months after the start of the pandemic, the British government had made no announcement to help the music industry cope. Last week, the biggest names in the industry joined the Let The Music Play initiative, and were heard by the government of Boris Johnson.
The British Minister of Culture, Oliver Dowden, announced yesterday in BBC Breakfast News £ 1.57 billion to help the music industry in general and concert halls. Independent cinemas are also affected, as is the historical heritage.
A dissatisfied population
Many have pointed to Boris Johnson for granting the Wetherspoon pub chain, chaired by Tim Martin - a fervent Brexit advocate and close to Boris Johnson, "a £ 48.3 million subsidy while the industry music on demand 50 ”. The amount released by the government goes beyond their requests.
pic.twitter.com/BNtYEfpFCx- Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) July 4, 2020
The amount announced by the British government will be divided between grants and loans to industry. It remains to be seen who will benefit from these aids and how - and especially when will be able to resume shows and concerts, where it is impossible to respect physical distancing measures.
The United Kingdom is the country most affected by the pandemic in Europe. The sanitary measures taken by Boris Johnson have been regularly criticized, in particular for their lack of clarity. Non-compliance with the rules by members of the government, such as the Prime Minister's adviser, Dominic Cummings (who traveled - by car - to the other side of the country in full confinement for a "meeting with the ophtalmo "), or even the father of Boris Johnson (who went to his residence in Greece while trips outside the country are supervised to" verify that his villa is protected from the Covid "as relayed by the Guardian ), have just adds to the controversy.
What was crystal clear is that drunk people can't / won't socialy distance. It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted. Now heading home, to those still on shift please stay safe.- John Apter (@PFEW_Chair) July 5, 2020
The reopening of pubs also caused a scandal. As John Apter, head of the Police Federation, summed it up the next day, "It is crystal clear that drunk people cannot and will not respect social distancing." "
Artists call on UK government to save music industry