There was some good news in the Budget speech, as SEISS and furlough were extended to September and more money also went into the Cultural Recovery Fund. However, the situation for musicians is still extremely difficult. The MU estimates over 70% of musicians are unsure about their future in the industry. The governments needs to do more!

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My next guest on “Success Beyond The Score” is Louise Dengate, a familiar face for the members of my project Cafemnee. Louise is a phenomenal vocalist who has worked as a voice coach as well for many years. Listen to the interview to learn how she found her call on professional music, how she has built her career and what she did to face the pandemic.

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There is an opportunity to speak up for musicians, but we must hurry: each year, the chancellor of the exchequer – the government’s chief finance minister – makes a Budget statement to MPs in the House of Commons. On 2021, the speech will be delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak this Wednesday 3rd March. Mr. Sunak’s choices are going to shape the finances of the country for the upcoming year, and it is essential that he knows about our struggles.

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A new year usually means new energy and ideas to achieve our goals, but the events of 2020 pose a particularly difficult challenge: the impact that COVID-19 has had on the economy, and how it has compromised the viability of a big portion of the entertainment industry events, make for a rather somber panorama for 2021. This is no reason to give up, of course, but to seek all the resources and help that could boost your work and help you navigate the upcoming months.

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