Workers in the UK theatre sound industry have collectively lost nearly £2 million in income as a result of the coronavirus, according to a survey.
The research by the Association of Sound Designers counted a total loss of £1,943,452 in income across the 249 respondents, largely due to cancelled or postponed events and loss of royalties. This averages at £7,805 per person.
Other key findings from the survey:
Dominic Bilkey, chair of the Association of Sound Designers, said: “The impact of the sudden and complete closure of theatres, arenas and other areas of entertainment has had an immediate and devastating effect upon our members and their families.
“The priority has to be the health and well-being of the country, and our membership understand and respect this.”
Bilkey welcomed government support measures for employees and the self-employed, however warned there was still “a large number of members who will be ineligible for either support mechanism”.
He added: “The priority now has to be assisting them. What is amazing during this time is how the industry pulls together and supports each other.
“While it is difficult to be optimistic at this time, I am confident the industry will eventually recover from this, and the entertainment that theatre provides will be the perfect tonic to the end of social isolation.”