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IMPALA’s Covid-19 Task Force has published a package of ten recommendations try and secure a co-ordinated approach across Europe to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the independent music sector. In terms of sector action, the crisis plan recommends the following:
Collecting society mobilisation - all collecting societies should set up crisis funds for their smaller members (producers and artists, as well as publishers and authors), make advances available for all members, as well as interest free loan facilities.
Digital services action - music services and platforms should be properly licensed, introduce crisis funds for small businesses, make faster royalty payments, pass over a higher percentage of revenues to rightsholders, provide advances to all rightsholders who need them, boost local music and artists with playlists and support local social media campaigns.
Support from national media - radio and other media should promote local music and artists with increased music programming, put more focus on independent and local artists, and promote new local releases as well as local social media campaigns.
Here are the responses from the sector: