The chief executive of a live music trade body has said the industry is “at the back of the queue to re-open” once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
The comments come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his four-step plan to release England from lockdown.
Mr Johnson said on Monday he hoped step four would see the end of all legal limits on social contact.
But Greg Parmley, chief executive of Live, said his sector “could be months behind the rest of the economy”.
“The chancellor must acknowledge our extended closure in the budget and provide the economic support needed to ensure the jobs and livelihoods of the hundreds of thousands of people that work in our industry exist as we come through this pandemic,” he said.
The proposed step two, from no earlier than 12 April, could see the return of outdoor hospitality, including drive-in cinemas.
Step three, which would follow at least five weeks later, on 17 May at the earliest, could allow limited indoor mixing.
That would mean cinemas, theatres and other indoor entertainment attractions could operate with social distancing.
Mark Davyd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, welcomed the timeline for the return of socially distanced events, but said he now hoped to see “sector-specific financial support to mitigate the damage being done to businesses and people’s lives, careers and families right across the live music industry”.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for the live music industry at long last!
Reported By: Jessica Rowe