The UK night time economy and events sector has launched a #LetUsDance campaign, calling on the Government to protect nightclubs and dance music events. The Night Time Industries Association (NITA) wants to see them recognised as an important part of the nation’s art and culture in parity with the wider live music sector, to ensure equal access to support.
The NTIA states: “The call to the government comes since the announcement of a £1.57bn support package for Britain’s arts and culture sector. However, the government narrative to-date on the allocation of this support has not included nightclubs, dance music events and festivals to receive funding from this package for the arts.
“The campaign is supported by a host of artists who are standing up for their art including Adam Beyer, Andy C, Caribou, Charlotte De Witte, Daniel Avery, Eats Everything, Fatboy Slim, Four Tet, Danny Rampling, Irvine Welsh, Maya Jane Coles, Massive Attack, Mistajam, Norman Jay OBE, Pete Tong, Roni Size, Simone Butler and Thom Yorke.”
The NTIA is calling on supporters who have set foot in a club, been to a festival and enjoy dance music to post a picture at ntia.co.uk/gallery and email their local MP (more details at ntia.co.uk/find-my-mp).
NTIA CEO Michael Kill said: “The NTIA warmly welcomes the announcement last week by the Government that £1.57bn will provide a lifeline to vital cultural and heritage organisations. But we are keen to gain assurances from DCMS and Government that dance music venues and nightclubs will be eligible to apply for the funding and that it will not be reserved purely for venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the West End.
“The UK is home to a rich and diverse range of institutions, all of whom should be fairly entitled to this investment.”
Greater Manchester Nightlife Advisor Sacha Lord added: “Last week’s recognition and rescue package for Arts and Culture by the Government was very much welcomed. However, I am astounded and confused that they do not recognise the UK Dance music industry as a part of this.
“There has always been an elitist snobbery towards Electronic and Dance Music, however, I would argue that this sector reaches more people in terms of culture, as some of our theatres do. I call out the government, not only to recognize this part of the industry, but also put in place guidance and support to protect our venues, festivals, artists, freelancers, and supply chain.
“That is why today, I’m fully backing the #LetUsDance Campaign.”