Their appeal comes after Belgium’s National Security Council extended the current nationwide lockdown until 3 May and said that no mass events could take place before the end of August.
The decision will be gutting for thousands of other workers in the sector, including suppliers, freelancers and the supporting catering industry, music collective VIB wrote.
In the letter, the collective said that it fully respected the government’s decision and that public health remained paramount but said rapid action was needed to avoid an “economic and social battlefield.”
“It has become so clear that the measures regarding temporary unemployment and for the self-employed will certainly have to be extended until the end of this year.”
In the aftermath of the government’s announcement, a number of major summer festivals taking place in Belgium, such as Tomorrowland, Pukkelpop or Rock Werchter announced their 2020 editions would not be going forward.