The #ILoveLive memorabilia prize draw launched final month, aiming to help the unsung heroes of the stay music business. Prizes included tickets to Glastonbury and Reading Festival, in addition to devices performed and signed by the likes of The Cure’s Robert Smith, Foals, Royal Blood, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Radiohead, Elbow, Liam Gallagher, Placebo, The xx and lots of extra.
After the draw wrapped up final week (December 17), it was revealed that £546,000 was raised, taking the full cash raised from Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Aid Fund to nearly £1million. Over 900 grants have already been issued to stage crew, with extra to comply with as we enter 2021.
The objects within the draw will present “life-saving” cash for struggling stay crew. Having repeatedly called for better government help and support to climate the storm of COVID-19 and declaring that they’re facing their “biggest crisis since the 1920s”, many throughout the stay music sector proceed to warn of potential bankruptcy and long-term industry damage until pressing motion is taken to mothball crew staff till it’s protected for stay music to return subsequent yr.
The Remedy’s Robert Smith donated a guitar to the #ILoveLive prize draw. CREDIT: Erika Goldring/FilmMagic.
Talking in regards to the plight of many stay crew members, Stagehand founder Andy Lenthall informed NME: “There are individuals who have been in a position to get various work, and there are individuals who can survive on self-employment revenue help, and there are individuals who have been furloughed – however we’ve misplaced lots of people as a consequence of redundancies and 20% of our self-employed crew have fallen by the cracks and have had nothing.
“There are folks registered as restricted firms who can’t furlough themselves. Some folks have financial savings or a companion who’s working and have been turned down for Common Credit score consequently, and now their financial savings are dwindling. We’ve obtained to be grateful that Rishi Sunak’s Winter Plan noticed self-employment revenue help again at 80%, as a result of we had been planning for a winter with out that and the coffers would have been empty.”
Regardless of 1,000 venues, theatres, festivals, arts areas and organisations in England being awarded in the latest wave of £1.57billion Cultural Recovery Funding, many worry that freelance and self-employed staff and street crew are being “ignored” by the chancellor’s new Job Support Scheme.
Over the previous months, the #WeMakeEvents campaign has continued to call for government action, with two-wheeled protest #SaveOurScenes also taking their cause to the streets of London in October.