Music Venues Set to Open in the UK on August 1

Is America next?

It’s been a tumultuous time for the music industry. For those in the United Kingdom, there’s finally a clear path forward.

After the U.K. government announced a stimulus package of £1.57 billion ($1.96 billion USD) to those in the arts, the government has given an official date for live entertainment reopenings.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, tweeted out the message that beginning on August 1st, indoor performances can resume in theaters, music halls, and other venues.

Additionally, business events and conferences can resume on October 1. In all scenarios, social distancing rules will be enforced.

While those in the U.K. music industry have a clear path forward, the situation remains murky in America.

A recent study found that 90% of independent music venues across the country will close without federal funding. The study was commissioned by the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a newfound organization that has arisen during the pandemic to give independent music venues across the nation a collective voice.

The American music industry did receive a much needed injection of funds as the United States Small Business Administration released data on loans that were made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Numerous record labels, bands, music venues, and vinyl pressing plants received funds to help endure through the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, NIVA recognizes that music venues will be one of the last businesses to open up and continue to advocate for federal funding.

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