UK government confirms recording studios can remain open during lockdown

UK government confirms recording studios can operate during lockdown

Restrictions imposed in the name of containment Covid-19 always change. What is permitted today may be completely prohibited tomorrow, and we must always be up to date. The music industry has been punished harshly amid this restrictive dance, but there seems to be some good news now. This time the music will not close the doors. Although all activities with the public will remain restricted, recording studios and similar places will be able to maintain their activity, as they are places of work and not of entertainment.

The UK is facing a four-week plan of tougher national restrictions which began on Thursday November 5. In response to this new lockdown and in line with detailed guidelines the industry drew up earlier this year, the body which represents the commercial interests of the music industry and the UK government have taken decisions with immediate effect. Recording studios, including residential studios, can continue to operate, as well as music video productions. Jamie Njoku GoodwinChief Executive of UK Music, was proud to announce this important vote of confidence from the government:

“I am delighted that Ministers have recognized the enormous amount of work that has gone into strict measures to ensure that our studios are Covid safe environments where work can and should continue. (…) 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 whole industry back on its feet.

Live-streamed shows may also continue to perform at venues open strictly for that purpose, without an audience, as confirmed Olivier DowdenSecretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Government’s green light was also reiterated by Caroline DinageMinister Delegate for Digital and Culture:

“Our world-class recording studios form the backbone of the recorded music industry, provide vital jobs for musicians, engineers and producers, and make an important contribution to our economy. (…) In addition to enabling artists to continue making albums, studios such as AIR Studios and Abbey Road produce soundtracks for blockbuster films and our favorite TV series that have kept us entertained throughout the challenges of the pandemic.(…) The Prime Minister has been clear that workplaces must remain open where people cannot work from home.(…) This includes professional music recording studios, where work activity can continue under secure guidelines by Covid.

This information, even if it concerns only Englandare very well received by all supporters of the music industry.

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