Czech music community creates initiative to save Czech music industry – Brno Daily
As the Czech music industry grapples with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech Music Community, an association representing people working in the popular and classical music sectors, has proposed measures to prevent a total collapse with a new initiative, #zazivouhudbu. The hashtag is now used to call on politicians to adopt and implement the proposals. Photo: courtesy of #zazivouhudbu.
Brno, May 12 (BD) – The Czech music industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Half of the sector’s 130,000 jobs are at immediate risk due to the crisis, and according to the Czech Music Community (Česká obec hudební), a trade association, the industry could face collapse as it faces at a seasonal loss of 10 CZK. billion, half of its annual turnover. To help support the industry and mitigate its effects, the association set up the #zazivouhudbu initiative, which aims to “prevent the collapse of the Czech music scene and help people who have been made unemployed from overnight ”, calling on politicians to adopt the measures they propose, which they deem necessary to save the Czech music industry.
“The music industry requires a large initial investment and depends on seasonal income. We already know that this season will be short of around CZK 10 billion. Our domain was the first affected by the crisis and is the last to recover from it, ”said Alexander Smutny, spokesperson for the Czech Musical Community. “Immediate measures can prevent a spike in unemployment, and long-term measures will help revive the music scene. We want to fight against the consequences of the crisis, but without the support of the State, there is a risk that the ground will not be able to get back on its feet.
Smutny added that an immediate plan is needed to stabilize the industry: “We want to prevent the collapse of the industry with a number of quick and systematic fixes.” According to their analysis, the industry would need to raise 4.5 billion CZK to avoid a collapse. “The first measure should be the elimination of VAT on the sale of music and the reduction of the VAT rate on ticket sales to 10%. We are also proposing the creation of a National Music Fund, which will prevent the most serious damage, ”Smutny explained.
The Czech Musical Community reports that 20,000 professional musicians are already facing major problems, being unable to perform in their country or abroad and thus losing their main source of income. The viability of live music events and festivals is in doubt, production of musical instruments and equipment has declined by 50% and 250 music clubs are on the verge of closure. In addition, according to the association, there is a risk that musicians and music professionals will be forced to leave the sector altogether. Planning a return to the stage remains impossible for the moment, and most events have been postponed until 2021 for fear of further losses. Artists also face travel restrictions, further preventing them from performing and generating income.
The association does not anticipate a recovery in the near future, as there are a number of factors specific to the music industry that make a quick reboot after the seasonal downturn impossible. Two key factors are the high input and operating costs, which are borne by organizers of large events and operators of concert halls and clubs, as well as technical professionals, artists and publishers. Another pitfall, according to the association, is the seasonality of income. High incomes during peak season ensure that businesses can continue to operate the rest of the year when demand is lower. The last factor is the important role of inertia in planning. Even if the measures are relaxed, it is not possible to resume concerts overnight, as planning takes an average of one to two years in the music business. Many promotion agencies have already fully amortized 2020 and predict that activities in 2021 will still be affected. In such uncertain conditions, planning cannot yet begin.
The Czech Musical Community is an association defending the interests of 130,000 people in the fields of popular and classical music and related services, including artists, authors, playwrights, promoters, festivals, clubs, music publicists and professional music technicians. You can read more about the initiative here.
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