We need your help - can you spare five minutes?
The Musicians’ Movement is pleased to announce our new campaign partnership with the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in support of a Freelance Performers’ Support Scheme (guaranteed subsidies for freelance performers) , and the extension and expansion of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. This approach offers a clear and viable route back to work for tens of thousands of sector workers. Highlights of the campaigns are below, along with links to the full proposals.
How can I help?
Thank you for asking! Helping will take just a few minutes. Below are two letters.
1. Download both letters.
2. Edit the MP one with your address and by adding your own story. in the red paragraph (and turn the font black).
3. Send the MP one to your (you guessed it) local MP.
4. Send the Treasury letter to (we have a winner) the Treasury. It doesn't need editing but you can write whatever you want as a cover e-mail (be polite though).
5. Feel FANTASTIC that you backed the most viable route back to work for music and the arts.
6. Chase your MP with a phone-call within 48 hours of sending.
Fancy going the extra-mile?
7. Become a campaign ambassador and donate 5 minutes of your time a day to complete a simple task.
MAKE SURE TO CC IN BOTH LETTERS :
· The Freelance Performers’ Support Scheme creates a COVID-secure route back to work; kickstarting the live music sector, bringing back tens of thousands of viable jobs, uniting communities and protecting our national culture.
· It guarantees performers a minimum fee, even if COVID restrictions change which in turn enables some financial security in these unprecedented times.
· It gives venues and promoters the opportunity to programme in advance without financial insecurity, enabling promoters of all sizes to start curation and allowing their communities to connect once more.
· The scheme is flexible and scalable in relation to government guidelines to make sure that excess funding is not in place and that government money will not be wasted.
· The principals are transferable to other parts of the arts sector, with the potential for the industry to unite to develop a one-fund, works for all, arts-sector initiative.
Extension and Expansion of
• The ISM and the Musicians Movement are also calling on the government to deliver on its pledge to ensure parity between employees and the self-employed by maintaining the level of support provided by the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and expanding the eligibility criteria.
• Many musicians have already fallen through the gaps in the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and will continue to be excluded under the new measures announced in the Chancellor’s 'Winter Economy Plan'.
In addition, reducing the level of support down from 70% to just 20% of average monthly trading profits will not provide an adequate safety net for our members when they are unable to generate any income at all.