You may have seen the recent figures from PRS for Music showing that songwriters received a record amount of money from royalties last year. The total came in at £811m.

But as with so many industries, there is a sharp divide between the haves and the have-nots, one that the emergence of Covid-19 has only served to widen.

The organisation said that cancellation of live events will have an impact on royalties. But what may surprise you is that it isn’t necessarily the shuttering of live venues that has hurt jobbing musicians not in the “star” category for whom royalties from streaming barely amount to tuppence ha’penny.