UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has called on the Prime Minister to offer more help for the self-employed hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Reacting to the package of measures outlined today by PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Mr Kiehl said:

“While we welcome the much-needed help for those who are traditionally employed, the Government’s proposals fall far short of the lifeline needed by the self-employed in the music industry and creative sector.

“The Government should urgently look at setting up a Temporary Income Protection Fund for self-employed workers and freelancers.

“The self-employed make up around 72% of the music industry and are a vital part of its success.

They should be offered the same help as other workers who will get 80% of wages up to £2,500 a month if they cannot work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many self-employed are facing an immensely difficult time and are worried about putting food on the table, paying their rent or mortgage and other bills.

“The Government has talked about doing the right thing. It must now do the right thing and help protect the self-employed and freelancers.”