The Government has announced that they will repeal the current National Insurance regulations in respect of entertainers, which is great news for Musicians working in the theatre.
This would be of huge benefit to musicians. You don’t have to be in the Musicians Union to do it. It takes 10 seconds.
Over the past six months, the MU have been trying to get the Government and HMRC to change the regulations that state that self-employed musicians now fall under Class 1 National Insurance (NI).
The current situation poses huge problems for musicians and for those who engage musicians as a result of them having to pay employees’/employers’ NI.
Film producers, who bring lucrative inward investment into the UK’s creative economy by way of recording soundtracks for films, are expressing concern about engaging UK musicians as a result of the extra expense. If these regulations are not repealed, we may also see the closure of a number of orchestras.
A consultation document has now been published by HMRC which supports the MU’s arguments, but it is vital that as many musicians as possible respond.