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Call for evidence

The future of UK music festivals

Terms of Reference:

The DCMS Committee is inviting written submissions to be submitted by Wednesday 9 December addressing the following areas:

  • What is the economic and cultural contribution of the UK’s festival industry?
  • What has been the impact of cancellations on local economies and those who derive income from festivals during 2020?
  • What are the risks to festivals taking place in 2021 and beyond, and how can these be mitigated?
  • What measures are needed for audiences to attend festivals without social distancing, and how realistic are they?
  • What has been the impact of the temporary VAT cut and Culture Recovery Fund on festivals and their supply chains, and what else can the Government do to secure their futures?
  • How has the structure of the UK festivals market evolved over recent years, and what has this meant for consumers, artists and the wider industry? What further changes might be anticipated?
  • How can festivals be supported to reduce their environmental impact and tackle the dangers of illegal drug use?

If you are submitting evidence on behalf of an organisation, please be sure to select that option. The submission form will still give you the option to enter your own name and contact details.

In order to promote openness and transparency, the Committee will normally only accept anonymous or confidential evidence where there is a good reason. If you would like to request anonymity, or that your evidence is kept confidential, please include your reasons for the request at the beginning of your evidence.

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