UK Govt confirms tax breaks for orchestras

UK Govt confirms tax breaks for orchestras


norman lebrecht

January 23, 2015

They promised it last month. Now they’re delivering. Click here for details.

This may be the first time since the death of Oliver Cromwell that British orchestras have received a pre-election bribe.

What it means, in effect, is that tax relief can be claimed on player fees, rehearsal costs and venue hire, just as it can in theatres and film.

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  • Graham says:

    The UK film industry has enjoyed enormous success recently with the help of tax advantaged investments. Let’s hope our orchestras can similarly benefit.

  • Chris says:

    Why are you calling it a bribe?

    • CDH says:

      Wonder what it would have been called if they had declined to offer it.

      Promise made, promise kept. No British government was ever elected or defeated on the classical music vote. Let alone the Orchestra vote!