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Impala Covid-19 task force publishes 10-point recommendations


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European independent body Impala set up a Covid-19 Task Force last week, and it’s been quick to swing into action: publishing 10 recommendations to help musicians and the music industry come through the coronavirus pandemic.

The body wants a joined-up approach across Europe; clear rules on event cancellations and lockdowns nationally; comprehensive financial support plans by countries for self-employed and freelance workers and small businesses; immediate national finance support packages “for hard hit sectors like music, plus VAT should be lifted on all cultural goods and services”; increased EU loan guarantees for cultural sectors; a “specific crisis fund” at EU level to support culture; and the EU monitoring national action and ensuring that “all EU projects that depend on events should be automatically carried over, and delays in reporting and project management should be accommodated”. Oh, and it wants collecting societies to set up crisis funds for their members; for radio and other media to promote local music and artists; and for digital music services to introduce crisis funds for small businesses, make faster royalty payments, pass over a higher percentage of revenues to rightsholders, provide advances to all rightsholders who need them, boost local music and artists with playlists and support local social media campaigns”.

Stuart Dredge

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