Nov 27, 2021,
2 mins
Music Industry Jobs wiped due to COVID-19

The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the music industry

It has been reported that one in three jobs has been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research conducted by trade body UK Music stated that there were 69,000 fewer jobs in the music industry in 2020 than in 2019.

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The multiple lockdowns that had occurred in 2020 caused huge disruption in the music industry due to several lockdowns occurring. 

UK Music expanded by stating that musicians themselves along with people who work in the venues and recording studios.

Along with this came the cancellation of several live music events, which caused revenues to collapse by around 90% in 2020.

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This report added that many people in the industry were “not eligible” for the furlough scheme.

As a result, people within the music industry had to transition to other working sectors.

The pandemic forced people in the music industry to find different ways to gain income. 

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UK Music’s chief executive, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said:

“The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for the UK music industry”.

“But, we are determined to look to the future and focus on recovery”. 

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Written by Dominic Magli