Imagine a world with no live music. Imagine the only music you ever heard was either a recording or synthetic computer music, that the only sounds you would hear would be through a loudspeaker or headphones. Only.
2020 is marching on. We are getting used to masks, social distancing and quarantine- routine and are trying to somehow get on with our lives under the new circumstances.
However, if you are a performing musician, your professional life has come to a halt. When Covid hit, concert halls were among the first to close and they are probably going to be the last to re-open.
Generally, musicians had a tough time making a decent living even before the Covid era. They spend hours practicing their instruments, perfecting their skills, and only a small percentage will get paid accordingly. But musicians choose this profession because they have a passion for music and love sharing it on stage with the audience. Now that restrictions have been implemented for long months with no end in sight, musicians are finding themselves in a very tight corner. These people may be forced to switch to a different profession if they have no way to support themselves in the newly changed world.
We all hope our musicians will hang in there until some sort of a solution to life alongside Covid is found. Presuming we need to help them bridge over a period of time that could last between a couple of months to a couple of years, here are a few suggestions to help them keep going so that in 5 years from now concerts won’t become a faint memory from the past.
1. House /Garden Concerts
In times and places that enable small gatherings, you could organize an event with pre-registered guests who will pay a full priced ticket for a house concert. House concerts have an intimate and charming atmosphere, so with big public concerts restricted or prohibited, this is a real win-win solution.
2. Coupon Concerts
This website operates currently in Germany and Switzerland but it can be applied in other places too. Artists are booked for a fixed price paid ahead of time for a house concert to be scheduled within the next three years. There are more details in the following link:
3. Buy a subscription to the orchestra or clubhouse you like, knowing this may be a pure donation.
4. Take music lessons for yourself or your children
You will be supporting the music scene in several ways by providing work for the musicians on the one hand while creating awareness and appreciation of music in wider circles.
5. Host a small Music Party
Host a few friends who play music, from beginner’s level up to professional. They will play for one another and give each other some feedback.
This won’t help the musicians’ finances directly, but it will give them an opportunity to perform and establish a presence.We actually held one of these at our home recently and I realized what a craving I had to listening to live music again.
If we want to make sure there are musicians who will play for us when the concert halls are allowed to re-open we have to actively work at it!
All the best,
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