Two recording studios in Hackney have said how relieved they are to be able to continue trading during the second lockdown.
Shoreditch-based Strongroom Studios are just one of many music organizations concerned about their survival in this pandemic.
This time around, the regulations stated that all professional recording studios in England could remain open, including Strongroom in Shoreditch. Music video production can also go ahead.
James Barker, CEO of Strongroom-hosted indie label Mystic Sons, said: “We’re an incredibly small team, so we’re very grateful that Strongroom is continuing its work, so that we can too.”
Hackney Studio Space Premises Studios said they are delighted to remain open. Viv Broughton, CEO, said: We are fully open during lockdown. We are classified as a workplace. Creating, rehearsing, and recording music is work, not the kind of work you can do at home. We’re doing everything we can to keep our customers and staff safe, so artists can keep doing what they love. And U.S. too !”
Despite this positive development, it is believed that job losses in the cultural sector and the night economy could have been avoided if companies had been given more notice of the extension of the furlough scheme, according to industry figures.
UK Music chief executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said the decision to keep them in business was an “important vote of confidence” by the government in the sector.
“Studios are a key part of the UK music industry ecosystem which contributes £5.2bn a year to the economy and employs 190,000 people.
We are committed to continuing to work with the government to keep the music industry as open as possible as we work to get the entire industry back on its feet.
The government is currently handing out a £1.57 billion funding package to the arts.