Music Production Guide for working safely during COVID-19 published

AIM, the BPI, MPG and the MU have collaborated on the guidance to support industry workers during the pandemic.

As lockdown measures appear to be gradually easing, AIM, the BPI, MPG and the MU have put together a comprehensive guide on Working safely during COVID-19 in professional workplaces for Music & Music Video Production. This guide is to support music industry workers looking to return to studios, rehearsal spaces and venues, also offering advice on whether you should be returning to work or not at this time.

The guide has been developed in collaboration with musicians, recording studios and rehearsal spaces, with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) responsible for assembling the team. During the production of the guide, the Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive contributed their support, too.

In the music production guide, all professional music, music video production and live music streaming environments are catered for. This includes commercial recording and rehearsal studios, scoring stages, production rooms, mastering studios, home studios, home office spaces, production and post-production studios and other shared working environments.

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Paul Pacifico, CEO of AIM, says: “We are really pleased to have collaborated with government and their public health experts in developing this practical and clear guidance that will help the dedicated professionals of the recorded music sector return to work safely. Music plays a crucial role both economically and socially – whether it’s the soundtrack to our most memorable life events, or in cinema, television, or theatre where music sets the mood and heightens emotions, whether we listen for solace or euphoria, solitary or shared, music’s role is unique. We hope that this guidance will help us all on the road to recovery across both culture and commerce.”

Geoff Taylor, CEO, BPI & BRIT Awards, says: “The pandemic has brought home to many just how important music is in our daily lives. Investing in talent and releasing new music are the heart of what labels do, so we are happy to support our artists, producers and songwriters in getting back into the recording studio and other workspaces, safely and with confidence. This will help to unleash a flood of new music for fans and spur an even bigger contribution from music to economic recovery. We thank our industry partners and DCMS and advisers for their collaboration in producing this important guidance.”

Olga Fitzroy, executive director, MPG, says: “The MPG are glad to have been supporting our members getting back to work safely, and are grateful for the input of our members, studios, industry partners and government bodies for their help in developing this guidance. We hope it will give our clients the confidence to commission new productions and get all of our members back to doing what they do best as safely and as quickly as possible.”

Horace Trubridge, general secretary, Musicians’ Union, says: “The MU has been pleased to work closely with AIM, the MPG and the BPI In assisting and guiding the DCMS in this important work. The UK’s broadcasting, film and production sector is the envy of the world and this sector-specific guidance should enable studios, production companies and broadcasters to get back up to speed safely and efficiently.”

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), says: “Throughout this crisis, music has been a vital source of support and inspiration for many so we have been working closely with the industry on this important guidance to get production back up and running safely. Artists, musicians and producers should feel confident returning to studios and video sets to make new work for their fans.”

Read the full guide at ukmusic.org

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