The Government warns: “If immediate measures are not taken, the energy crisis will close more homes than COVID”

A stark warning has been issued that the looming energy crisis could pose a greater threat to community music venues in the UK than the COVID Pandemic, unless the government takes immediate action.

Earlier this week, five organizations representing the UK hospitality industry wrote an open letter to the UK government, highlighting the “spinning rise in energy prices” which is set to become a “matter of existential emergency” later this year, demanding that the government act. soon to prevent a disaster for British culture.

In the hospitality sector, operators have experienced an average annual increase of at least 300% in their bill, which means that many companies and jobs in the sector are “at serious risk”.

Now Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd has spoken to NME about the real threat of the upcoming price hike, comparing it to the COVID pandemic, which at one point saw 93% of country music venues of the UK at risk of being closed forever due to losses due to the restrictions.

“If the government does not take any action, we are now modeling that this will close more shops than the pandemic,” he argued. “We see no other outcome.”

He continued: “It’s strange to say it, but unlike during COVID, when you could say: ‘OK, we need to raise money now because in a year the theaters will be open ‘, now we can’t do it because they will. they will have to pay another electricity bill next year and the year after, of course. I don’t see this ending unless theaters raise their prices.”

The energy crisis: The figures. The community music venue sector faces a potential extra £90 million a year in energy costs. The Government must act or the premises will simply close.

Posted by Music Venue Trust on Thursday, August 18, 2022

MBT also shared its findings that the UK ground-based music venue sector faces a potential £90 million a year increase in energy costs. According to their model, instead of currently paying an average of around £1,245 per month, it will see a potential minimum increase of 156% (up to £3,187 per month), an average increase of 316% (up to £5,179 per per month) and a maximum increase of 646% possible, up to £9,288 per month.

Davyd pointed out that all these figures are based on budgets received by local residents, many of whom have no choice but to look for other options. Ultimately, he said, the result would be much higher prices for music fans or the closing of venues altogether.

“If the government doesn’t try to do something, this is the new reality: Electricity will cost this much money,” Davyd said. “The question is: what is the public’s tolerance for significant price increases? Their £5 exhibition days for three local bands – not even to cover the cost of electricity.”

He continued: “Imagine that a thousand theaters could die. They won’t close instinctively, and are more likely to say, ‘Let’s put an extra £4 on an £8 ticket and see if people are willing to pay for it. .’ I seriously doubt it.

“It’s a terrible time for new artists and emerging artists. Everyone has to go out and play for their audience. How does it feel when the ticket price goes up? The artist won’t earn more. He said local with me honestly: “Yes there is no way to put an electricity rate on the entrances. It would have to be distributed to everything else.”

Davyd also said that “music centers and cultural facilities are at the forefront,” but that, of course, the consequences of the energy crisis will be felt without limitless energy and fast, decisive action.

The government must start thinking that this is going to happen in retail, that this is going to happen in your local supermarket, in your school; there are no controls here,” he said, “the government imagined that the market would solve everything and it is painfully clear that it is not going to happen.”

“The government should limit prices immediately. Right now, there is a certain amount of sitting back and seeing what happens. Something that works or doesn’t work, and this doesn’t work.”

In the open letter to the government signed by the Music Venue Trust along with UK Hospitality, the Night Industry Association, the British Institute of Hotels and the British Beer and Pub Association, the bodies wrote: “Hospitality provides 10% of jobs and 5 % It can be a powerful engine for the nation’s economic recovery and economic growth, but a boost is urgently needed Business and consumer confidence are suffering, and we government and leadership hopefuls urgently need a support package for to outline a sector.

“We urge you not to let the immobility of partisan politics get in the way of urgent action on energy.”

This comes as the UK music industry has also spoken out about how the government’s inaction on Brexit touring issues is “tearing the next generation of UK talent in the crotch”.

In May, the Music Venue Trust announced Music Venue Properties, an initiative to purchase music venue properties across the UK.

Meanwhile, a campaign to prevent music venues from undercutting artists’ merchandise sales is gaining ground, but activists say more live music venues still need to be signed up.

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