Music industry

Music industry one of latest sectors to recover from pandemic, charity says

A third of professional musicians still earned nothing from music after the pandemic, according to a charity study.

The music industry was proving to be one of the last sectors to recover from the pandemic, with 83% of professional musicians unable to return to regular work.

Research conducted by the independent charity Help Musicians on nearly 1,000 professional musicians found that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continued to have a catastrophic impact.

Nine in ten musicians earned less than £ 1,000 a month and only 1% earned more than £ 2,500, according to the study.

James Ainscough, Managing Director of Help Musicians, said: “As much of the economy gradually returns to normal, it will be a long time before musicians expect to return to their original income levels. before the pandemic, as we had predicted from the start of the pandemic.

“For the past 18 months, we have supported nearly 20,000 musicians with direct financial assistance to help them pay their bills and stay afloat.

The impact of the pandemic on musicians has not been just financial, as just under a third of musicians cited a lack of confidence preventing them from returning to perform in public.

Help Musicians saw a 60% increase in the number of musicians contacted for mental health support, as one in eight musicians said they currently suffer from a mental health issue that prevented them from returning to work, according to the research.

Mr Ainscough said: “As the industry begins to recover, our focus is on helping musicians rebuild with a wide range of tips on diversifying revenue streams, mentoring to rebuild relationships, mental health support and more.

“We recognize that for some musicians it will take a long time to rebuild and the team at Help Musicians will continue to be available to musicians who find themselves in deep crisis over the coming months, ensuring that we are with the musicians every step of the way. . “

The study found that less than a quarter were confident they would be able to pursue a career in music while 22% were actively considering leaving the industry.

During the pandemic, the charity donated £ 18million to the bank accounts of 19,000 struggling musicians to help them survive financial hardship.

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