Voicing our support for choral music

abcd has submitted evidence to the DCMS regarding the effect of COVID19 on the arts and on choral music in particular. As the press coverage about the uncertain future of the arts gathers pace, we are making all the representations we can in support of our industry and of both professional and amateur singing.

The points we have particularly emphasised in our submission are:

abcd is a member of Singing Network UK and alongside our own representations, we have jointly been discussing representations to the government on restarting choral activity. A clear plan of how to resume singing is now urgently needed to support the mental well-being of the 2 million people who usually sing regularly in groups and the nation as a whole, including choirs' audiences, congregations and families.

There is also a significant economic impact from singing, of all kinds, on the livelihoods of musicians, teachers, venues, music publishers and other suppliers; currently jeopardised by the impossibility of group singing.

We agree what is needed:

As part of Singing Network UK, we have pledged to advocate for the safe return of group singing with the UK government and the devolved administrations, emphasising the messages listed above. We encourage members to do the same, by writing to their MP or nation representative. You can see the joint letter which has been sent to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and his counterparts in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales here.

We will inform and update members as soon as any guidance or advice has been received.

Posted: Mon 22nd June 2020

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