November 6, 2020
Live broadcasts are also permitted.
The UK government has confirmed that recording studios and music video production can still operate throughout November 2020.
A nationwide lockdown began on Thursday, November 5, with non-essential shops closing and residents across the country urged to stay at home except in certain circumstances.
In a series of tweets Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden has confirmed that arts venues are classified as workplaces and can therefore remain open – meaning that rehearsals, performances and livestreamed events can continue – as long as there is no audience.
Live streams surged in popularity during the first lockdown from March to June – with many raising money for charities and causes around the world – and with physical venues closed for at least the next four weeks, their importance seems sure to come back.
As UK Music Managing Director Jamie Njoku-Goodwin explains to NME“The 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.”
Read the tweets below.
Q: Can arts venues open for rehearsals and stream shows?
A: Yes. Art venues are places of work, so people can come in to work, if it can’t be done from home. This includes rehearsals and performances. Hearings are not permitted.
—Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) November 2, 2020
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