Research released this week has revealed how little income musicians get from streaming services. The survey, carried out by the Musicians’ Union (MU) and The Ivors Academy, showed that 82 per cent of respondents earned less than £200 a year from streaming, despite the fact that some had millions of plays.
It has been an exciting few weeks. First Pfizer announced a 90 per cent efficacy of its vaccine candidate, then Moderna one-upped it with 94 per cent. Then, in the early hours of Monday morning, November 23, the Oxford vaccine was shown to have 70 per cent effectiveness – increasing to 90 if people were given an initial half dose followed by a booster. The Oxford vaccine also has the advantage of being by far the cheapest and easiest to store of the three.
The UK Health Secretary announced plans to roll out the new coronavirus vaccine, made by Pfizer and BioNTech, from as early as December 1, after preliminary trials showed 90 per cent effectiveness in patients.
Voluntary group #WeMakeEvents staged a week of Covid-compliant demonstrations in Parliament Square to campaign for government support of the live events industry, which has been brought to its knees by Covid-19.