There has been an urgent plea to recognise dance music clubs and events as a key part of the nation’s art and culture.
There has been a campaign created called #LetUsDance to attempt to receive extra funding from the government. If it is granted the funding will help towards saving thousands of jobs and help the arts and culture community survive the pandemic.
The campaign encourages fans, artists and industry professionals to post a photo from a recent club night or dance festival with the #LetUsDance hashtag and a note to support its place within arts and culture.
Supporters are also able to send a letter to their local MP to emphasise the importance of this community.
This campaign also highlights the rules of no singing or dancing. Whilst venues have committed to all social distancing expectations set by the government and it is clear there will be no mixtures os social bubbles, the rule is effecting dance music clubs massively.
After a £1.57 billion support package was released for Britain’s arts and culture sector, there has been an uproar as it does not include nightclubs, dance music events and festivals. It is unclear who actually benefits from this support fund.
There has been a petition to raise recognition for the dance community. They have reached just over 143,000 signatures and the hashtag on social media – with Instagram being the biggest platform – has had over 13,000 posts which means there is enough signatures to be eligible for debate in Parliament.
If you wish to sign the petition and help support the dance sector, click the link below:
Ellesse Norman has brought us a shortened version of what is happening in the dance sector: