A petition has been launched by the UK Music Venues Trust to help protect the live industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a host of Liverpool venues such as 24 Kitchen Street and the Everyman and Playhouse theatres announce closures following the government’s official advice that the public should avoid pubs, clubs and theatres, the trust has composed an open letter to Boris Johnson and uploaded a petition to change.org.

The charity and lobbying body have proposed the cancellation of the government’s planned £120 million Festival Of Great Britain in order to reroute the funds to organisations which will suffer due to the advice on Monday 16 March.

The course of action outlined to the Prime Minister is to:

. Immediately announce legal measures to temporarily close the UK’s Grassroots Music Venues in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Cancel the Festival of Britain 2022 – a one-off cultural event that the government has ring-fenced £120 million to deliver
. Reallocate the £120 million to create a Cultural Infrastructure Hardship Relief Fund, delivering funding to grassroots music venues, theatres, arts centres and other social and cultural spaces forced to close by the Coronavirus

At the time of writing the petition was on over two thousand signatures and well on the path to its 20,000 target.

Go to change.org now to sign the petition.

Read more at musicvenuetrust.com/

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