The Government is asking budding musicians and those already in the industry for their views on proposals for the New Deal For Musicians, which comes into force in April.
Employment Minister Andrew Smith launched a consultation document about the scheme at Radio 1’s Sound City in Newcastle recently, and said he wanted people to read and react to it so they could get it right.
He said: “It’s time that the music industry was taken seriously, and through the New Deal For Musicians consultation document, that is what we are determined to do.”
Smith wants to hear what the public think could be done to improve the blueprint for the scheme before it’s evaluated by a task force, which will include Alan McGee, in the new year.
When it is launched, the scheme aims to help young people aged 18-24 to move from the dole into music industry careers.
The New Deal was announced in June after pressure from NME and the music industry.
If you want a copy of the New Deal For Musicians consultation document, telephone Liz Riley on 0114 259 5796 or Paul Rollin on 0114 259 7240. Alternatively, write to: New Deal Project, Level 2, Mayfield Court, West Street, Sheffield, S1 4EP.
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