#LetTheMusicPlay continues its campaign to protect UK Live Music

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Figures from the music industry are adding more volume to the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign to demand that the government share arts funding to protect the future of artists, touring crew, and the individuals working behind the scenes.

Last month, more than 1,500 artists and industry figures came together to call on the government to stop “catastrophic damage” to live music amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the launch of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign.

After months of campaigning from fans and the world of music, the UK government revealed plans for an unprecedented cash injection of £1.57 billion to help the arts, culture and heritage industries survive the impact of closures brought on by coronavirus – providing music venues, independent cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres and heritage sites with emergency grants and loans.

While the relief for venues was welcome, many warned that without urgent government clarity, support and action, the pipeline of talent that plays within them could be cut short – declaring that musicians and crew were facing their “biggest crisis since the 1920s” without support.

It is essential that this momentum is maintained and the fight to protect UK live music is continued. Independent Music and entertainment venues hold huge historical and sentimental importance to the industry, artists and fans nationwide. We hope support for the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign continues.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Wiley faces twitter suspension in the aftermath of antisemitic outburst

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Wiley has been permanently banned from Twitter after he launched an extensive thread of anti-Semitic messages on the social media site.

The London rapper faced widespread condemnation after posting the vitriolic messages across Instagram and Twitter last weekend.

Twitter announced on Saturday (July 25) that Wiley had been banned from the site for a week, but his account appears to have been permanently suspended as of this morning (July 29).

When searching for his profile, users are met with a message confirming his suspension and a link to Twitter’s rules and regulations.

It comes a day after Wiley was banned from Facebook after an account reportedly belonging to the rapper began calling out some of his Jewish critics.

An unverified Facebook account under his real name, Richard Kylea Cowie, subsequently mentioned a selection of Jewish celebrities — including Lord Sugar, comedian David Baddiel and BBC presenter Emma Barnett — who have all criticised the rapper.

It’s great to see a zero tolerance response coming from social platforms, hate speech is often all too rife on social media and more action is necessary to combat racist and antisemitic rhetoric. 

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Tribute for the late Mac Miller in the works

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Mac Miller’s team are working on a tribute to the late rapper. The project asks fans to offer their “stories, thoughts and wishes”.

Mac Miller’s team are working on a new tribute project to celebrate the late rapper’s life and music.

The announcement, made overnight on Warner’s Twitter account, asked fans to offer their “stories, thoughts and wishes” by calling a toll-free number which had been set up specifically for the project. It included a website address, where fans must register to gain access to the number and leave their tributes.

Earlier this year, Warner released Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles’, his sixth body of work. Miller had been working on the album before he died from an accidental drug overdose in September 2018, aged 26.

The passing of Mac Miller in 2018 affected many fans far and wide. I can only imagine the huge outpour of contributions towards this project for such a loved and talented figure in the industry. 

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

#LoveRecordStores makes over £1 Million in a single day

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Over £1m in revenue was generated by independent music retailers participating in the #loverecordstores event in the UK on Saturday (June 20), according to figures released by campaign organizers today.

The event was a day of online shopping for vinyl exclusives at record stores with a range of limited-edition releases being made available to music fans.

The aim of the event was to provide participating stores with a revenue boost in the absence of Record Store Day, which has been postponed until later this year.

Alongside the retail activity, the event was supported by online, ‘instore’ performances by a number of artists and DJs sets broadcast throughout the day.

A huge success for the physical format music market who have faced unprecedented challenge and change in recent years. May their success long continue!