[UPDATING] A list of industry resources for those affected by coronavirus
At the time of writing, almost every aspect of the live events industry is under a considerable amount of pressure. Artists are unable to play shows to earn money, promoters are being forced to postpone or cancel events and suppliers to those events are losing business as a result.
These are but a few of the repercussions from the outbreak of Covid-19 currently rippling through the industry, but amongst the doom and gloom there are industry bodies, companies and individuals stepping up to the plate by providing resources to ensure as many people as possible get the help and support they need.
Here are some of our favourite resources and initiatives that will help those people working in music and live events that are struggling with the consequences of the coronavirus:
Help Musicians: Corona advice for musicians
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres. They have launched a dedicated website – coronamusicians.info – to aid all musicians struggling in the current climate, featuring current government, business and legal advice, mental health support, creative development resources and help with working online.
If you’re a musician seeking help on any of these issues this is an excellent starting point.
NOEA (National Outdoor Events Association)
The NOEA are a trade association specialising in the outdoor events industry and connect over 500 members, covering local authorities, festival and event organisers and beyond.
Their Covid-19 page features a statement from the NOEA itself, useful phone numbers, employment guidance and financial support, information on the government’s furlough leave scheme and more. The NOEA will be hosting a Twitter Q&A for event professionals looking for advice, specifically around legal matters. The initiative will be run in partnership with Laceys Solicitors, who already offer free introductory legal advice to NOEA members, with the Q&A lasting for one hour; 3pm – 4pm, Thursday 2nd April.
Find them on Twitter at @NOEAnews.
Liverpool Sound City
Liverpool’s Sound City has set up ‘Adviceline’, a list of useful industry contacts, websites and initiatives to provide help for ‘anyone who is involved in music’. Their website includes information on mental health support, links to relevant bodies for musicians such as the Musicians Union, funding bodies, activities for quarantine and more.
Anyone wishing to discuss marketing and funding can contact Sound City at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festicket Digital Workshops
In the coming weeks, we at Event Genius by Festicket will be producing a series of free-to-join digital workshops and webinars across a range of topics including best practice for rescheduling an event, various marketing and social media workshops and much more.
Keep an eye on @EventGeniusLtd on Twitter for announcements.
Business Keeps On Dancing
Our friends at Mustard Media will be returning to their Business Keeps On Dancing project with a brand new digital events series, beginning Thursday 2nd April with ‘The world is now online, how do you keep your audience engaged?’, featuring panelists from Ibiza Rocks, Bongo’s Bingo and Facebook.
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group has announced several initiatives to bring relief to musicians, its employees and the music industry, and pledged to assist its artists in their charitable efforts.
The company’s All Together Now: Stay Connected initiative expands on a longstanding philanthropic program supporting those in the music community that have been worst affected by the virus.
This will include direct financial support from UMG to organisations such as MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund and Help Musicians UK that provide relief to impacted music workers; and matching the contributions that the group’s U.S. employees donate to qualifying charities.
The response from the general public in a time of crisis has led Boris Johnson to contradict Margaret Thatcher by declaring that there is such a thing as society. Anyone intimately involved in music and live events will know this perfectly well, but we feel humbled by the daily contributions to the industry intended to support those most in need – long may it continue.
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