Night Time Industry leaders have called on music fans and industry workers to complete a COVID-19 inquiry survey.
Following the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy in December, MPs and peers met online yesterday (20th) to discuss the ongoing struggles and issues faced by the Night Time Industry amid the ongoing pandemic.
The meeting was attended by several representatives from the Night Time Economy, including the NTIA, UK Music, Greater Manchester's Night Time Economy advisor, Sacha Lord, and Amy Lamé, the Night Czar of the City of London.
As part of the urgent inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on UK nightlife, and roadmapping the sector's recovery, industry leaders have urged all music fans and industry workers to take part in an online survey, and share their experiences on how they and the Night Time Economy have been impacted by coronavirus. It has previously been reported that the global live events industry lost over £20 million last year.
At yesterday's meeting Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, said that: “Commercial rents have been a travesty, with over 70% of businesses within the sector in more than 2 quarters of rent arrears and with debts mounting day by day. Time is running out and there seems to be no rush to find a resolution.
”We are overwhelmed by the support that the APPG has received in a very short period of time and look forward to analysing the results from the inquiry to present a formal report to the Government. We ask all those who work in the Night Time Economy, or simply enjoy a night out, to continue sending in your responses to our survey to make your voices heard.”
The survey has already recieved thousands of responses, and several Night Time Economy organisations and representatives have been contacted individually to provide written testimony.
You can complete the survey here.
Read our recent feature examining how the UK Government's response to COVID-19 could kill live music as we know it.