Press Release 新聞稿

Musicians Foundation research shows the Government’s shutdown of live entertainment for
over 18 months has left one-third of Hong Kong music industry personnel in debt.
New survey reveals over half of local music industry workers have suffered from anxiety and
depression

More than 560 days of being unable to work because of restrictions on live performances has
left one-third of Hong Kong music industry personnel in debt and over half suffering from
anxiety and depression, according to a survey from the Musicians Foundation.

The registered charity, which was set up to provide relief for those in the music industry who
have suffered setbacks or health issues, also revealed that around one-third of music industry
workers have left Hong Kong or want to leave due to ongoing Covid restrictions affecting
their careers.

The charity says that, over the past two years, the enforced closure of music venues and
restrictions on live performances has added up to over 560 days, during which musicians and
industry support personnel, such as sound and lighting technicians, stage managers,
instrument rental providers and venue staff, were unable to earn a living.

Prior to the pandemic, the music industry in Hong Kong had already experienced severe
disruption due to the social unrest in late 2019, which led to many events being cancelled or
postponed. Therefore, many people had already been forced to tap into their savings to
survive before the pandemic began. For many, Covid-19 was the final straw.

Founder of Musicians Foundation and leading local alternative music promoter Chris B said:
“We are raising awareness of just how severely the ongoing Covid-19 social distancing
requirements have impacted the lives of people in our local music industry. Numerous jobs
and careers have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19.”

“Despite the Hong Kong Government rolling out various support schemes, including
Temporary Unemployment Relief (TUR), only a select few have received support. Missing
out on previous support schemes has caused people to lose faith and give up.”

She added: “Music industry people contribute hugely to Hong Kong’s status as a world-class
center of arts and culture. If we lose more key creative people as these restrictions continue, a
very valuable part of Hong Kong’s arts sector will disappear, making it even harder to reboot
the economy and reignite the cultural buzz that gives Hong Kong its special character.”

“We’re asking the Hong Kong Government to consider more carefully the detrimental impact
of these social distancing measures on the arts and culture sector and the Hong Kongers
whose livelihoods depend on it. There are no objective criteria to justify singling out live
performances for restrictions when other activities are being allowed. Safeguards already
exist to provide sufficient protection and reassurance for both the performers and the

audience: relevant venues are already subject to capacity limitations and are using the
LeaveHomeSafe app to confirm everyone is fully vaccinated. The requirement, that
performers must either wear masks or take daily Rapid Antigen Tests, could apply in the
same way as implemented at Government venues such as theatres.”

About the Survey

The Musicians Foundation survey was conducted over ten days in the month of June 2022
and 465 people responded:

  • 92% are Hong Kong permanent residents.
  • 63% of people are under the age of 45.
  • 53% were full-time in the music industry (before 2020).
  • 66% worked for more than 10 years in the music industry (before 2020).
  • 3% of people are currently being evicted and 2% have become homeless.
  • 11% of people have left Hong Kong due to the Covid restrictions and another 24% want to
  • leave.
  • 34% of people have incurred debt with 10% owing more than HK$100,000.
  • 15% of people developed health issues in the last 12 months.
  • 56% of people have suffered anxiety and depression in the last 12 months.
  • 11% of people have had suicidal thoughts in the last 12 months.

The data laid out graphically is available here.

About the Musicians Foundation

Musicians Foundation Limited 音樂人基金會有限公司is a charitable institution of a public
character exempt from tax under s.88 of the IRO.

Musicians Foundation was set up by a group of music industry leaders to relieve poverty and
financial hardship and enable Hong Kong musicians to continue their careers in Hong Kong
in the face of the unprecedented global pandemic.

Musicians Foundation aims to help provide paid work opportunities wherever possible, by
hosting live music events and pursuing funding possibilities through corporate donations,
sponsorship and philanthropy. It also aims to organize charitable activities that promote the
physical and mental health of the public for the benefit of the Hong Kong community.

音樂人基金會的問卷調查顯示,政府關閉現場表演超過 18 個月,有三分之一的香港音樂行業
人員負債累累。
新調查顯示有超過半數本地音樂行業從業者受焦慮和抑鬱困擾。

根據音樂人基金會的一項調查指出,由於現場表演受到限制,超過 560 天無法運作,導致三分
之一的香港音樂行業從業員負債累累,超過一半的受訪者表示感到焦慮和抑鬱。

註冊慈善機構成立旨在為音樂界遭受挫折或健康問題的音樂人提供援助,慈善機構還透露,大
約三分之一的音樂界人員已離開香港或想離開香港,因為持續的新冠病毒限制影響他們的就
業。

慈善機構表示,在過去兩年中,音樂場所強制關閉和現場表演限制加起來超過 560 天,在此期
間,音樂家和行業支援人員失去生計,如音響和燈光技術人員、舞台監督、樂器租賃供應商和
場地工作人員。

在新冠大流行之前,香港音樂業已因 2019 年底的社會動盪而遭受嚴重打擊,導致許多活動被
取消或推遲。因此,在疫情開始之前,許多人已經被迫動用他們的積蓄來生存。對許多人來
說,Covid-19 成為了最致命的一擊,已經忍無可忍了。

音樂人基金會的創始人和領導本地另類音樂推廣者 Chris B 說:「我們正在提高人們對持續的
Covid-19 社會距離限制措施下怎樣嚴重影響本地音樂行業人員生活的意識。許多工作和職業都
嚴重地受到了 Covid-19 的影響。」

「儘管香港政府推出各種支援計劃,包括「臨時失業支援」(TUR),但只有少數人獲得了支
援。錯過以前的支援計劃導致人們失去信心及放棄。」

她補充:「音樂界人士為香港作為世界級藝術和文化中心的地位作出了巨大貢獻。隨著這些限
制持續,我們會失去更多重要創意人才,香港藝術界的一個非常有價值的部分將會消失,這使
得重啟經濟和重新點燃賦予香港文化傳播特殊性的角色變得更加困難。」

「我們要求香港政府更仔細地考慮這些社交距離措施對藝術和文化界,以及以它為生的香港人
的不利影響。在其他活動被允許的情況下,沒有客觀的標準來證明將現場表演單獨列為限制是
合理的。已經存在的保障措施,為表演者和觀眾提供足夠的保護和保證:相關場所已經實施人
數上限,並且正在使用安心出行應用程序來確認每個人都已完全接種疫苗。防疫措施要求表演
者必須戴口罩或每天進行快速抗原檢測,該要求的適用方式與在劇院等政府場所實施的防疫措
施相同。」

關於問卷調查

音樂人基金會於 2022 年 6 月進行了為期十天的問卷調查,共獲 465 人回覆:

92%是香港永久性居民。
63%受訪者的年齡在 45 歲以下。
53% 從事工作狀態為全職(2020 年之前)。
66% 受訪者在音樂行業工作了10 年以上(2020 年之前)。
目前有 3% 受訪者被驅逐住處,2% 受訪者無家可歸。
由於新冠疫情的限制,11% 受訪者離開了香港,另有24% 受訪者想離港。
34% 受訪者有欠債,其中 10% 受訪者欠債超過 100,000 港元。
15% 受訪者在過去 12 個月內出現健康問題。
在過去的 12 個月內,56% 受訪者受焦慮和抑鬱困擾。
11% 受訪者在過去 12 個月內有自殺念頭。

以資訊圖表列出的數據可在此處獲得

關於音樂人基金會

Musicians Foundation Limited 音樂人基金會有限公司是一間屬公共性質的慈善機構,可根據 IRO
第 88 條獲稅務豁免。

音樂人基金會由一群音樂界領袖成立,旨在提供方法舒援貧困和經濟困難,讓香港音樂人在前
所未有的全球疫情面前繼續在香港發展其音樂事業。

音樂人基金會通過舉辦現場音樂動,及尋求不同贊助機會,如企業贊助、商業資助和慈善捐
款,希望盡可能提供有償工作機會給音樂人。機構還旨在舉辦慈善活動,向公眾推廣身體與精
神的健康,以回饋香港社群。