The Government can't see us

It has been almost a year since the first lockdown. A year since live events have not been allowed to take place. A year that people working in the live event supply chain have had no way to earn their living – and faced an uncertain future.

But the Government can’t see us, and all too often, we have been excluded from their support schemes – leaving us without the help we’ve needed to survive since our industry closed down, and without a pathway to reopening.

Here are just some of the thousands of people whose livelihoods have been hit so hard by the pandemic.

You can see them, but the Government can’t.

Click on a face below to understand how these individuals have been personally affected by this issue.

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Bonnie Stainer

Bonnie Stainer

DJ

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Freyja Lawson

Freyja Lawson

Live Audio Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes

Crew

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Gaby Bracamonte

Gaby Bracamonte

Performer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Sarah Rhodes

Sarah Rhodes

Business Owner

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Neil Townend

Neil Townend

Company Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Paul Fulcher

Paul Fulcher

Rigging

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Donald Stuart

Donald Stuart

Coach Driver

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Adam Davidge

Adam Davidge

Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Dave Moore

Dave Moore

Production Rigger and Festival Site Crew

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Marc Langley

Marc Langley

Audio, Comms and RF Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Peter Lambert

Peter Lambert

Theatrical Production Electrician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez

Owner and Sound and Light Operator

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Nicky Aubury

Nicky Aubury

Exhibition Stand Builder

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Janet Noles

Janet Noles

Event Production

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Matt Lloyd

Matt Lloyd

Manufactures Representative

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Matthew Day

Matthew Day

Logistics, Project and Event Management

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Neil Hunt

Neil Hunt

MD of Stage Lighting Business

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Mervyn Diese

Mervyn Diese

Road Crew / Performing Artist

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Megan Williamson

Megan Williamson

Sound Engineer & Studio Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Matthew Phillips

Matthew Phillips

Stage Builder Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Adam Hall

Adam Hall

Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Sarah Buckmaster

Sarah Buckmaster

Production Manager, Equipment Hire, Technical Support

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Seamus Fenton

Seamus Fenton

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Annaliza Bullock

Annaliza Bullock

Entertainment Supplier

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Kim Chappell

Kim Chappell

Producer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

William Frostman

William Frostman

Lighting

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Founder of the East Anglican Festival Network

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

John Ashton

John Ashton

Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Jon Wilding

Jon Wilding

Operations & Equipment Supply

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Toby Gunter

Toby Gunter

Event Radio Company MD

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Tom Tunney

Tom Tunney

Technical Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Wayne Croft

Wayne Croft

Stage Set Manufacturing Company

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Peter Orwin

Peter Orwin

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Stephen Kellaway

Stephen Kellaway

Lighting Programmer, Operator & Tech

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Gavin Eldridge

Gavin Eldridge

Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Roger Davis

Roger Davis

Guitar / Backline Tech

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Ben Bailes

Ben Bailes

Lighting and Immersive Design

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Katie Hester

Katie Hester

Accessibility Specialist

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Dan Harman

Dan Harman

Exhibition Contractor

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams

Lighting Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -20%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Malcolm Greig

Malcolm Greig

Project Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Susie Reid Thomas

Susie Reid Thomas

Prop Rental & Styling

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown

Tour Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Toca Gabrava

Toca Gabrava

Production Manager / Crew

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

Bob Scattergood

Bob Scattergood

Project Manager Online & Digital Content

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Michael Heggett

Michael Heggett

Production Electrician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Tom Hoyle

Tom Hoyle

Promoter

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Oliver Last

Oliver Last

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Andrew Reid Thomas

Andrew Reid Thomas

Prop Hire

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Paddy Watson

Paddy Watson

Lighting Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Francisco Sanchez

Francisco Sanchez

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Jamie Friday

Jamie Friday

Production Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Josh Heyburn

Josh Heyburn

Business Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Shaun Bradley

Shaun Bradley

Trucking & Transport

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Joel Williams

Joel Williams

Freelance Lighting Designer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Nick Barton

Nick Barton

Lighting Crew Chief

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Richard Seller

Richard Seller

Monitor Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Peran Odgers

Peran Odgers

Production Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Cristina De Lama

Cristina De Lama

Radio Mic Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Lee Hunter

Lee Hunter

Video Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Liza Heinrichs

Liza Heinrichs

Photographer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Nikola Milosevic

Nikola Milosevic

DJ Organiser

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Nicky Pretious

Nicky Pretious

Sound Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Marcus Ackford

Marcus Ackford

Small Business Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Lewis Atkinson

Lewis Atkinson

Projectionist / Video Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Jon Shrimpton

Jon Shrimpton

Video Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Kevin Moran

Kevin Moran

Audio Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Maria Torres

Maria Torres

Artist Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Project / Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Joe Turner

Joe Turner

AV Hire Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Jack Broom

Jack Broom

Artist Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

Stuart Cross

Stuart Cross

Lighting Programmer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Max Taylor

Max Taylor

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

David White

David White

Backline Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop

Loudspeaker Design, Manufacture & Supply

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

David Rose

David Rose

Specialist Manufacturer / Service Business (Software)

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Amos Christoe

Amos Christoe

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Ben Fawcett

Ben Fawcett

Managing Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Lynette Flynn

Lynette Flynn

Logistics Manager / Producer / Project Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Ian Lamb

Ian Lamb

Stage Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Glyn O'Donoghue

Glyn O'Donoghue

Lighting Distributor

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Philip Norfolk

Philip Norfolk

Equipment Supplier

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Howard Lane

Howard Lane

Musician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Maggie Mouzakitis

Maggie Mouzakitis

Event / Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Bryan Raven

Bryan Raven

MD of Technical Supply Company

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Richard Penhaligon

Richard Penhaligon

Project and Site Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Nick Jevons

Nick Jevons

Lighting Designer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Nicholas Whitehead

Nicholas Whitehead

Equipment Specification & Event Design

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Alan Haggarty

Alan Haggarty

Front of House Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Simon Friend

Simon Friend

Musician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Roger Parker

Roger Parker

Project Manager (Logistics)

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Scott Jameson

Scott Jameson

Event Infrastructure Supplier

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Mark Edmondson

Mark Edmondson

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

Jane Coulston

Jane Coulston

Creating Productions & Entertainment for Events

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Gary Laing

Gary Laing

Lighting Designer / Stage Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Richard Maides

Richard Maides

Event Producer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Allan Drake

Allan Drake

Stage Management / Crew Chief

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Louise Hodgson

Louise Hodgson

Specialist Water Feature Suppliers

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Heather Penn

Heather Penn

Accounting

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

John Penn

John Penn

Business Management

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Celia Gaze

Celia Gaze

Managing Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

George Saladze

George Saladze

Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Sarah Moss

Sarah Moss

Event Organiser

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Janine Mccretton

Janine Mccretton

Food Safety, Zone Manager, SM

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Rebecca Larsen

Rebecca Larsen

Musician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

James Maillardet

James Maillardet

Production Manager (Touring Live Music)

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen

Musician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Jonathan Arnold

Jonathan Arnold

Festival and Event Trader

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Nick Dugdale-Moore

Nick Dugdale-Moore

Exhibition Association

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -20%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Garry Mackenzie

Garry Mackenzie

Stage Manager, Tour Manager, Audio & Backline Tech

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Tim Porter

Tim Porter

Rigger

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Richard Nicholson

Richard Nicholson

Account Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Production Management & Dry Hire

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Rebecca Nutter

Rebecca Nutter

Staging & Structure Contractor

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Mollie Love

Mollie Love

Ticketing

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett

Video Technician / Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Steve Allan

Steve Allan

Company Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Victoria Watson

Victoria Watson

Event Production Company

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Project / Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Joe Meekums

Joe Meekums

Tour Manager / Sound Engineer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Charlie Vanstone

Charlie Vanstone

Tour Management

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Matthew Dowden

Matthew Dowden

Lighting Design

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Vince Foster

Vince Foster

Lighting Designer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Kyle Byatt

Kyle Byatt

Lifting, Rigging Equipment & Inspections and Maintenance

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Rory Madden

Rory Madden

Managing Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

Christine Cavanaugh

Christine Cavanaugh

Standhand , LX Op & Spot Op

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Willow Findlay

Willow Findlay

Video Technician / Production Co-ordinator

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Bruno Brito

Bruno Brito

Lighting Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -20%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Paul Yates

Paul Yates

Project Management / Designer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Steven Rusling

Steven Rusling

Lighting Crew

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Wob Roberts

Wob Roberts

Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Charles Boxhall

Charles Boxhall

Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Dick Tee

Dick Tee

Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Patrick Farr

Patrick Farr

Lighting Designer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Chris Markland

Chris Markland

Tour Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Phil Murphy

Phil Murphy

Production / Stage Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

David Bartlett

David Bartlett

AV

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Dominic Peek

Dominic Peek

Security Guard

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Bryan Grant

Bryan Grant

Audio Supplier

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Charlie Charlton

Charlie Charlton

Artist, Tour & Event Management

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Jonnie Lewis

Jonnie Lewis

Director of Bus Company

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

Philip Hamilton

Philip Hamilton

Tour Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Barry Branford

Barry Branford

Lighting Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

James Kelly

James Kelly

Software Developer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -50%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Dave Salt

Dave Salt

Tour & Production Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Neil Rudram

Neil Rudram

Manager, Venue Sales & Marketing

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Dik Welland

Dik Welland

Lighting & Video Repair

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Davey Nellist

Davey Nellist

Actor

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Stephen Hughes

Stephen Hughes

Crew

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Chaz Herwin

Chaz Herwin

Technician

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

David Steel

David Steel

Crew

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Not eligible.

Matt Arthur

Matt Arthur

Lighting Designer / Programmer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Less than furlough.

Bob Collinson

Bob Collinson

Rental House

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -100%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Richard Dodgson

Richard Dodgson

Agency / Event Producer

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -75%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Live Sound Engineer & Project Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Peter Edmonds

Peter Edmonds

Production Management

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Loans only.

Liz Brookes

Liz Brookes

Director

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Limited grant support. Not nearly enough.

Amanda Westerby-Sissons

Amanda Westerby-Sissons

Business Manager

Income reduction over the last 12 months: -90%

Government support since COVID: Eligible. But was refused.

The Government can’t see us

The Government Can’t See Us

A survey conducted this year found that 93% of individuals and businesses in the live event supply chain have seen their income fall dramatically as a result of the pandemic – 65% have seen a fall of over 50%, and 30% a fall of over 90%.

As a result, 50% of individuals have had to take work outside of live events to supplement their income. A third have been forced to leave – or are considering leaving – the sector. On top of that, 43% of live event supply chain businesses say they don’t have the resources to last until the summer.

This makes us one of the most heavily impacted sectors from the pandemic, but despite this we have received practically no targeted Government support. Put simply, the Government clearly can’t see the desperate human and economic impact the pandemic has had on the live event supply chain.

That’s why we’re calling for:

  1. Visibility in Government: the individuals and companies in the live event supply chain are frequently overlooked, therefore we need to be formally recognised by Government as a sector, and included in the data they use to target support.
  2. Support to survive: Currently, many in our sector have been unjustly excluded from financial support, this must change or we will lose our cultural expression and reputation for delivering world class events.
  3. Pathway to reopening: Despite knowing it takes many months of preproduction work to make a live event happen, we have been given no clear pathway to reopening. On top of that, the Government has refused to introduce a COVID-19 cancellation insurance scheme, despite the whole live events industry calling for this.

     

    We need you to write to your MP

    Thank you for taking the time to write to your MP about the live event supply chain. Here are some helpful tips:

    • Tell them why you are writing to them – the Government can’t see the live event supply chain, so we aren’t getting the targeted support we need from Government to survive the pandemic, nor is there a realistic plan for reopening. You want them to use their power and influence to change that.

    • Tell them why you are supporting our campaign. Let them know why the live event supply chain is important to you.

    • Include examples. If you work in the live event supply chain and have seen your income drop, or if you’ve been excluded from support, talk about it. If you know someone in this situation, share their story. If you just want to go to an event again, whether that’s a wedding, a festival, a conference or any other type of live event, say why.

    • Be polite! While the temptation will perhaps exist to ‘emphasise’ your message, it’s all to easily ignored if the language used is anything less than civil.

    Thanks for writing a letter. We wrote our own letter to Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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