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PPL donates £100,000 to live crew support fund

By | Published on Thursday 8 October 2020


UK record industry collecting society PPL has donated £100,000 to the Production Services Association’s live industry benevolent fund Stagehand, for its new COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund.

The new COVID-specific fund was launched last month to support crew, technicians and others who work in the live events industry who have not been able to access any financial support from the UK government to date. It will open later this month.

“We are extremely thankful to PPL for coming on board so generously at the beginning of our campaign”, says the Chair of Stagehand’s board of trustees, Mike Lowe. “As a sector-specific charity, we’ve already seen devastating effects suffered by some of our workforce caused by the lack of work and financial support. The relief of having rent paid and mouths fed will no doubt ease the undoubted mental anguish caused by the pandemic”.

PPL CEO Peter Leathem adds: “The live events sector has been one of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic and so we welcome the opportunity to be able to provide this support. This funding adds to the contributions we have made to hardship funds for musicians, freelancers and venues – all of which are part of the music ecosystem”.

“We need to safeguard the jobs and livelihoods of crew so that they are there when our members get back out on the road post-COVID to do what they love most – performing”, he goes on. “This is a much-needed initiative from Stagehand and we are pleased to be able to be part of it”.

Find out more about Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund here.