Morning all. I was going to post a video, but it was too awful, so you are spared!
I have set up a Ko-Fi account to support musicians at this difficult time. Gigging/touring musicians have lost their livelihoods and their way of life: all their gigs have been cancelled, including summer festivals, and so they have lost their main income stream. It’s not just about money – they have lost their way of life too, virtually overnight – but it means they are struggling financially, without any sense of when they might be able to give live concerts again. Some are doing live streams, but that is not for everyone, and even for those who are doing them it won’t replace more than a fraction of their income. And for others, it’s something they feel very uncomfortable with – a gig is an encounter with a live audience, not just sitting in a room playing to a camera.
Even when the rest of us start to go back to places of work, social distancing may be in place for quite some time to come, so it could be next year before gatherings such as concerts can take place again. Many musicians fall through the cracks of government provision, even for self-employed people.
So this is a start in terms of helping. Initially I want to give something to the musicians whose gigs I had to cancel at the Tree House: seven gigs in all, involving ten musicians.
The way Ko-Fi works is that you donate the price of a cup of coffee (though I have set it at two cups, surely they deserve that!), though you can buy them as many cups of coffee as you like. (It’s not real coffee.) I have set the initial target at £1000, to donate something to these ten musicians; when that has been reached, I will help others. Every time we reach £50 I will give it to one of the musicians and do that twice, then move on to giving a bit to others. It’s a tiny thing, but all I can do financially at the moment – and the more we raise, the more I can give!
So if you love music, and especially if you have enjoyed live music at the Tree House and would like it to happen again in the future, please donate if you can, and if you can’t (I know it’s hard for lots of people!), please share the link. There is a button on the right hand side of the home page here for anyone who visits the website.
These are our musicians (one has said they have a full time job and doesn’t need their share) – we have a gig in June that looks likely to be cancelled as well as these:
Tobias ben Jacob
John Elliott (The Little Unsaid)
Ruth Angell and Sid Peacock