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THE PEACE and Justice Project launched by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has broken into the music industry with a “Music for the Many” movement.
The campaign, launched this week, aims to help music venues threatened with closure since the pandemic and lockdown forced many to shut their doors.
Many have since struggled to stay in business — and now face mounting bills through the cost-of-living crisis.
The campaign is also promoting opportunities in the music industry for marginalised communities, including LGBTQ+ people.
Volunteer bands have signed up to play gigs at the venues.
The first took place at one of the Music Venue Trust’s “at risk” music venues The Lexington, in Mr Corbyn’s Islington Parliamentary constituency, with a sold-out gig by Hastings-based band HotWax.
Mr Corbyn said: “This is music for the many, by the many.
“We cannot let music venues, theatres and creative spaces in our communities fall victim to the cost-of-living crisis.
“The Peace and Justice Project, along with numerous campaigning organisations, trade unions, community groups and artists is fighting back to secure the long-term, sustainable future of these absolutely vital community assets.
“We must fight for the future of the arts, so they can be enjoyed by everybody, not just the few.”
Samuel Sweek, Music For The Many campaign lead for Peace and Justice Project, said: “Following the past decade of cuts, the pandemic severely impacting the live music scene and now the cost-of-living crisis hurting millions, it has never been more important to stand up for music, theatre and the arts, and the many thousands of jobs in the sector who are suffering insecurity as a result.”
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