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Around 50% of UK musicians think they’re going to have to quit music because of the current state of the economy

Around 50% of UK musicians think they’re going to have to quit music because of the current state of the economy



The charity organization Help the musiciansfounded in 1921 to support musicians throughout their career until retirement, recently conducted a investigation across 500 professional musicians in the UK, and the results are quite worrying.

The charity warns that the current cost of living crisis could have a devastating effect on professional musicians.

Between the consequences of the pandemic, Brexit, and the current economic crisis, associated with the increase in demand for transport and high fuel prices, the picture is not very encouraging.

The current context is even described as “the most difficult period to be a musician since the Second World War”.

You can find some numbers below.

  • 98% of musicians fear they won’t be able to make enough money in the next six months
  • 90% are afraid of not being able to eat
  • 84% are concerned about paying their mortgage or rent
  • 49% are “extremely” or “very” afraid of being forced to leave the sector
  • 60% say they earn less than at the time of the pandemic
  • 80% say they earn less than before the pandemic
  • 88% say mental health issues are currently negatively impacting their career
  • 91% cannot afford musical equipment

People in the UK are obviously not the only ones affected. However, Help Musicians is based in the UK and estimates it has spent £8m from its reserves this year to get musicians the help they need (including £1m for “support therapeutic”).

The charity is appealing for donations to allow its action to continue. The money raised helps cover performance and touring costs, and helps artists create and promote new music.

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