UK Music has released its annual report This Is Music 2023, highlighting the immense contribution that the music industry made to the UK economy in 2022. As the industry recovered from the effects of the Covid pandemic, the return of live shows and international touring helped to boost export figures.
Despite these successes, though, significant challenges remain, particularly for small venue owners.
Read on to learn more about the report’s findings and how you can protect your venue from the risks you face.
The report shared a few headline figures from 2022 that demonstrate the significance of UK music on the global stage:
While a direct comparison to previous reports isn’t possible due to an update in the methodology for data analysis, the report does share that 2022 outperformed 2019 – the last full year prior to the pandemic – to “produce its best year ever”.
In the foreword to the report, Lucy Frazer MP, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Lord Offord of Garvel, Minister for Exports, Department for Business and Trade reflected on how UK artists are “dominating the new digital age of music streaming, and exporting our music to all corners of the globe”.
Moreover, they acknowledged that “every big concert and every sell-out gig drives a local economy and supports local jobs”.
Despite the impressive figures and growth of the UK music industry, the report also acknowledges the significant challenges that are yet to be overcome:
While government grants including the Creative Industries Sector Vision and Music Export Growth Scheme are set to increase, the report highlights the importance of continued support in ensuring the UK music industry continues to lead the way.
The past few years have been especially tough for music venue owners. While This Is Music has shared positive news about the return of live music events in 2022 and the potential for future growth, it’s important to protect your business from the risks you could still face.
For example, if your business were to be affected by damage such as fire or flooding, you may need to close while you carry out the repairs. This could lead to a significant loss of income if performances can’t go ahead, as well as the financial impact of repairing the damage.
With venue insurance, you can receive a payout if you were to find yourself in this position, so that you can mitigate the impact on your bottom line and reopen sooner.
Here at Eggar Forrester, we’re experts in helping creative sector businesses to protect themselves from risk so that they can get on with the work that matters most to them. We’ll offer you tailored insurance policies that create valuable peace of mind because you know you have the right level of protection.