Red Alert for dying live events industry

Over 715 buildings across the UK, including Tate Modern pictured here, were lit up in red last night indicating “Red Alert” for imminent danger.

Without government help for the live events industry the livelihoods of over a million people are in immediate threat. Buildings from the Minnack Theatre in Cornwall to The Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, to the Millennium Forum Northern Ireland went red, and in Manchester 200 technicians pushed redundant flight cases through the city centre while 20 cities hoisted events highlighting the critical situation

The #WeMakeEvents campaign on raising awareness for a million impending job losses, with 600,000 delivering outdoor events and about 70% per cent of workers freelance. The government’s £1.57 billion investment to the cultural and arts institutions will not reach the freelancers or self-employed from the industry, and the imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month threatens their livelihood.

Unlike other industries, events, festivals, and performances have been unable to safely reopen due to social distancing guidance, and may not reopen until 2021. With no government support offered redundancies have already begun, and 25% of companies are expected to have served redundancy notices by the end of August, rising to 70 per cent by the end of December.

Over nineteen trade associations from the live events sector collaborated for the first time on the Red Alert to help save their industry.

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