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Government Measures for the Music Industry

Guidance on measures from the UK governments’ in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the creative industries

On this page we describe the measures that the Government have taken to protect businesses and the creative industry. Below you can find out more on the actions taken:

Although we’ll be updating this page regularly with relevant information, to keep on top of the most recent developments we recommend checking the relevant Government pages, which we have linked to in each section below.

We will continue to lobby for the best deal for musicians throughout the coronavirus outbreak and beyond. Find out more about what we’re lobbying for, and how you can take action now to protect musicians.

National measures for businesses 

The government have promised a £330bn package of support to bolster the economy as the coronavirus outbreak escalates.

This includes:

Things are changing fast, so keep up to date on gov.uk website.

England

Measures for businesses that are applicable in England only include:

Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a further package of support which will be available for Scottish businesses. The £2.2bn package of measures that will come into force on 1 April supersedes the original £320million which was announced on 14 March, providing a further £1.9bn of support following the Chancellor’s budget announcement on 17 March.

The measures include:

  • A full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism. Further details are available on the Scottish government website.
  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief

  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000
  • 1.6% relief for all properties, effectively freezing the poundage rate next year
  • £5M Emergency support for students – students facing hardship as a results of the coronavirus outbreak will be able to apply for emergency discretionary payments directly to their own institutions.

They have also opened a helpline for businesses in Scotland. It will provide businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19. 

The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660 and is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.   

Read further advice from Scottish Government for businesses and their employees here.

Northern Ireland

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has announced the following measures for Northern Ireland:

  • An emergency £100m rates package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19
  • All businesses will pay zero rates for the next three months 
  • Domestic rate bills deferred from April to June
  • Anyone having difficulty paying rates in the current circumstances is encouraged to contact Land and Property Services to discuss alternative payment plans

Northern Ireland Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced plans to set up a £1M COVID-19 Creative Support Fund. Read our news story with further details here.

Follow further news on government measures for Northern Ireland here.

Wales

Welsh Government have announced a package of funds worth £18m, that will support the creative industries, culture and sport sectors, safeguarding businesses and jobs.

The funding is being made available by the Welsh Government, the Arts Council for Wales and Sport Wales. It includes:

The Welsh Government have also announced measures to support businesses during the disruption caused by COVID-19. These include:

Find out more on the Welsh Government's website.