Festival Republic, music industry umbrella organisation UK Music, musicians, filmmakers and theatre operators have written to the prime minister and the leader of the opposition declaring their support of Covid status certification measures to get the creative and cultural sectors open again.
The letter’s signatories include UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, actors Simon Russell Beale and Ralph Fiennes, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn (pictured), whose company is organising a 5,000-capacity outdoor pilot concert in Liverpool on 2 May as part of the Government’s Events Research Programme.
The signatories understand that Covid status certification would involve either proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test or an antibody test to allow access to a venue.
The letter’s signatories state that they are clear that this approach must not rely only on proof of vaccination, must not be discriminatory, and also that it must only be a temporary measure, only used for as long as necessary and with clear exit criteria.
The letter concludes that, “If all of this holds true, then we are very much supportive of the continued exploration of this possibility to bring life back to normal as soon as possible”.
The letter follows a similar open letter signed by many of the leading figures in the events industry, who similarly pledge support for the use of Covid-certification as a short-term solution to getting events and venues reopened.
Read the letter here.
Adjoa Andoh – Actor
Simon Russell Beale – Actor
Alex Beard – Chief Executive, Royal Opera House
Melvin Benn – Managing Director, Festival Republic
Barbara Broccoli – Film Producer
Sarah Connolly – Opera Singer
Marianne Elliott – Theatre and Film Director
Daniel Evans – Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre
Ralph Fiennes – Actor
Nicholas Hytner – Director, Bridge Theatre
James Graham – Playwright
Kwame Kwei-Armah – Artistic Director, Young Vic
Adrian Lester – Actor
Andrew Lloyd Webber – Composer and Producer
Lesley Manville – Actor
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin – Chief Executive, UK Music
Sir Simon Rattle – Conductor, Music Director London Symphony Orchestra
Tamara Rojo – Artistic Director, English National Ballet
Sir Tom Stoppard – Playwright
Meera Syal – Actor