The music industry is urging better financial support for shielding musicians after research found 70% are facing financial hardship.
Nearly 60% said they hadn’t received any financial support during the pandemic and almost 40% say they must continue shielding beyond the end of Covid restrictions.
Musicians' Union General Secretary Horace Trubridge said shielding musicians are being “left behind with no support”.
Alongside The Ivors Academy, the union is asking the Government to extend furlough and self-employment support for shielding musicians until they can safely return to work.
“The Government must provide clearer, accessible guidance, and ensure that this group of workers can access financial support to stay safe and not be forced to choose between going to work and their health,” Trubridge added.