19:06:2020: Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the music industry, particularly on the live sector which is likely to see £900 million of its £1.1 billion contribution to the economy wiped out this year.
However, amid the uncertainty and the unwelcome pause placed on the music business, there are some inspiring stories of people doing their best to overcome the challenges of Covid-19.
At UK Music, we have collated some of those stories and featured them over the past few weeks as part of our seven-part series entitled “Coronavirus: Tales of Resilience”.
We kicked off series with Nainita Desai, creator of The Remote Recording Directory. She explained how she helped musicians who lost all their work overnight by helping them record their work remotely. You can read her story here.
Next, we featured the brilliant work of Help Musicians and how the charity has been working tirelessly to help support those worst hit through the crisis. With cash from their reserves and donations from the industry, they were able to help thousands of musicians. You can read about their work here.
Our third story featured Janine Irons MBE of Tomorrow's Warriors - a music development organisation and charity for young musicians specialising in jazz. The organisation moved swiftly to take its weekly learning programme online with virtual sessions to ensure young people had access to their mentors throughout the lockdown. Read their story here.
Performer and songwriter Aruba Red told how a grant from Help Musicians would enable her to self-release a live album from her pre-lockdown gig at St Pancras Old Church. Her Coronavirus Tale is here.
Our fifth story chronicling the impact of the pandemic came from music PR & Communications Consultant Indy Vidyalankara who outlined how adapting quickly and juggling multiple roles was the key to building resilience. You can read her story here.
As a parent in music and a board director of Parents and Carers in Performing Arts (PiPA), Vick Bain wanted to reach out to others in the business to see how they were finding parenting and working under Covid-19. The results of her conversations give a fascinating insight into the challenges those working in the industry have faced. Vick’s story is here.
Rounding off the series, ATC Director & MMF Board Member Ric Salmon, told how promoters, agents, managers and artists pulled together in a remarkable show of camaraderie and how they swapped notes on “insurance, on contracts, on funding and, more broadly, on survival”. You can read Ric’s story here.