We can all agree that this past year has been tough for many of us. In a bleak, cold and locked-down winter, it is artists and performers who we have turned to for some light. It has been our favourite songs, a new and intense drama series, or the elation of watching our football team win, which we have taken even brief solace in.
Normally, we’d be enjoying them at a festival, with our family and friends, or at the stadium. For now, we must enjoy these moments at home.
However, this does not mean we cannot plan for the return of live performance.
Some weeks ago, I wrote to the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden MP, asking him to guarantee the insurance of live events - so that the creative industry can plan ahead and make sure the culture we love dearly is still here when all of this is over!
He replied that there "wasn’t enough evidence" to warrant Government support. What rubbish!
I know that can’t be true because I’ve spoken to so many of you and heard how just a little bit of Government help would go a long way.
In an effort to give Mr. Dowden proof, I’m calling on everybody affected by this issue to tell me their story. I will take them straight to him and show him the cost of inaction.
I will keep you posted.