Independent musicians, especially the ones who made the majority of their income, are having a very tough 2020. In the US, there’s a new body aiming to protect their interests, though. It’s called the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) and it’s been formed by a group of talent agencies to create a “broader coalition of the live music ecosystem” including independent management companies and (as non-dues paying associate members) artists, crew and others involved in live touring. “We are all ‘small’ businesses, some of the first that were shut down and undoubtedly we will be the very last to reopen and generate usable income. We are speaking out collectively for ourselves and all those that we individually work to generate income for,” said one of its founding members, Wayne Forte of Entourage Talent.
Across the Atlantic, meanwhile, a group of bodies representing musicians have written an open letter to the UK’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport seeking support for the classical music sector: “The classical music sector needs its own recovery strategy, with a realistic timetable and clear encouragement from the Government to the general public, of all ages, that it is safe to attend concerts,” it claimed.
Also in the UK, the Music Venue Trust is launching a #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival on 19 June, starring a number of Scottish artists, to raise money for local venues under threat of permanent closure.
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