Issue 6113 digital October 21, 2021 - Page 4

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Music industry jobs plunge

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the music industry , with employment dropping by 35 per cent , according to a new report .
The findings , in UK Music ’ s annual report This is Music 2021 , also noted that the music industry ’ s economic contribution fell 46 per cent , from £ 5.8 billion to £ 3.1 billion in 2020 . Music exports dropped 23 per cent , from £ 2.9 billion in 2019 to £ 2.3 billion in 2020 .
Launching the report , UK Music called on the government to introduce tax incentives and other employment-boosting measures to help the sector rebuild after the pandemic . It also called for urgent action to resolve the problems facing musicians and crew touring the EU .
The measures are outlined in a new Music Industry Strategic Recovery Plan – drawn up by UK Music and included in the new report .
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin , UK Music chief executive , said : “ The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for the UK music industry , with billions wiped off the value of the sector – but we are determined to look to the future and focus on recovery .
“ Music matters to us all . And in a year when we ’ ve seen just how important music is to all our lives , it ’ s more important than ever that we take the necessary steps to protect , strengthen

New solo horn at Whitburn

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the music industry , with employment plunging .
and grow the industry . In our Music Industry Strategic Recovery Plan we identify the policy interventions required and set out a clear action plan to get the industry back up on its feet .
“ With the right support , the UK music industry can help drive the post-pandemic recovery . This Is Music sets out the positive role the music industry can play in our country ’ s future , and the steps that need to be taken to achieve that .
“ Music is a key national asset , part of our history and our heritage . More than that , it ’ s part of our future . And we can ’ t value it highly enough .”
Nadine Dorries , culture secretary , commented : “ I know how difficult the last year and a half has been – with venues closed , stages dark , and artists prevented from doing what they love . The whole industry has shown great strength , patience and resilience during these hard times , pulling together to help the whole country get through the COVID-19 crisis .
“ Our £ 2 billion Culture Recovery Fund has been a vital lifeline , helping music organisations across the UK to survive one of the worst peacetime crises on record . As doors reopened , our Events Research Programme has enabled music events to return safely .
“ We have also listened carefully to UK Music ’ s arguments about a market failure regarding events insurance , and introduced the government-backed £ 700 million Live Events Reinsurance Scheme to ensure future events can be planned with certainty .”
There ’ s a new solo horn player at Whitburn Band , following the appointment to the seat of Andrew McMillan .
Andrew , 18 , originally joined the West Lothian band in the first horn seat in the summer and has now moved up to the solo seat after Alison Hall decided to step down – she will occupy the first horn seat instead .
Originally from Campbeltown , Andrew grew up playing with Campbeltown Brass and the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland , with which he is principal horn . He was Scottish junior solo champion in 2015 and 2016 , and the intermediate champion in 2020 .
Andrew relocated to Glasgow in the summer of 2020 , where he is studying tenor horn at the
Tenor horn player Andrew McMillan has taken on the solo horn seat at Whitburn Band .
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland . He said : “ I am delighted to have been named the new solo horn at Whitburn . It is a great honour and I am looking forward to all the challenges ahead .”
Charlie Farren , Whitburn Band chairman , added : “ Alison is a terrific player for Whitburn
Band , and everyone in the band wants to thank her for her fantastic playing in the solo horn seat for these past few years .
“ We are very pleased to appoint Andrew as the band ’ s new solo horn player , and look forward to hearing him perform with us in the future .”