A new infographic from PLASA shows that the live music and touring industry generates an average of 443 jobs per performance, highlighting the sector’s value to the UK economy and jobs market.
With the international live events industry facing decimation from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, PLASA and an array of other industry trade bodies are working to highlight the plight of the sector and showcase just how many people it employs, from crew and venue staff, through to agents, promoters and set designers.
You can see how the 443 jobs are broken down in the infographic below.
PLASA is also heavily involved in the #WeMakeEvents campaign, which is aimed at urging government to provide greater support for the industry. The campaign has arranged a day of action across the UK on August 11 to help raise awareness of the plight of the sector. You can find out how to get involved here.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold damage to the events sector. Mass gatherings of all kinds have been cancelled with no date in sight for their return, while mass redundancies and cancelled projects for freelancers have left many out of work.
Yesterday it was confirmed that AVIXA had made mass redundancies across the organisation due to the pandemic. It also stated that ti doesn’t know when trade shows are going to return, raising questions over the AVIXA-run ISE show will take place in Barcelona next February.
Last month, Sennheiser also announced that it would be cutting 650 jobs by 2020 on account of COVID-19.