69,000 music jobs – one in three of the total workforce – were lost last year due to Covid-19, UK Music’s annual report into the music industry has revealed.
The industry’s economic contribution to the UK fell by 46%, largely due to the cancellation of festivals and live music events.
The report also notes that in a sector where three-quarters are self-employed, many workers were not covered by income support schemes.
UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin is calling on the Government to implement tax incentives for the industry and boost funding for music education and the self-employed.
"In a year when we’ve seen just how important music is to all our lives, it’s more important than ever that we take the necessary steps to protect, strengthen and grow the industry.
"With the right support, the UK music industry can help drive the post-pandemic recovery."