UK dance music sector calls for urgent government support with #LetUsDance campaign
The UK Government have been urged to support clubs with specific funding through a new campaign, #LetUsDance.
Launched by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), the campaign is calling on the UK government to recognise clubs and dance music as an important part of the nation’s art and culture in parity with the wider live music sector.
Hoping to secure equal access to government support for the arts, the #LetUsDance campaign is asking supporters to get involved in two ways. The first, post pictures from clubs, festivals or events with a note supporting its place within arts and culture, accompanied by the hashtag and an image layover which can be accessed here.
In the second part of the #LetUsDance takeover, NTIA have written a draft letter which can be sent to constitutent MPs to raise awareness for the campaign, and asking politicans to write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to urge that they meet with industry leaders to address this crisis.
You can find out more about #LetUsDance, which has been backed by the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, Massive Attack, and Thom Yorke, here.
Last month, the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign outlined three key asks for the UK government, including a clear conditional timeline for reopening venues without social distancing, and financial support packages for those venues in the interim. Among the artists to support the hashtag were Black Coffee, Daniel Avery, Four Tet, and Skream, with London mega-venue Printworks and Glastonbury behemoths Block9 also backing the campaign. You can read the full letter from #LetTheMusicPlay here.