As the year moves into March and reflecting that February would usually bring The Brits, Grammys, Oscars and BAFTAs, it is getting increasingly hard to remember what life was like before all this happened.
At Metropolis, we have been managing our Covid Protocols for nearly a year now. We are constantly looking across industries, from hospitality and retail to manufacturing and education, and adopting any useful procedures that we find.
Over the year, we have been honoured to host hundreds of artists as they record and master music that has gone on to entertain and comfort people all over the world. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the industry and are very grateful for all your kind words. Thank you.
But Metropolis does not operate in a vacuum, we work within an incredible community. The double whammy of Covid and Brexit has created massive uncertainty for musicians, engineers, technicians, crews and venues all facing a very difficult future as the crises continues meeting the Brexit challenge head-on.
As a result, we feel privileged to be able to support ‘Help-Musicians’ in their incredible work providing much needed aid for OUR community.
Help Musicians is an independent charity with an extraordinary history. For 100 years, it has provided a broad spectrum of help, support and opportunities to make a meaningful difference to the lives of professional musicians. For the tens of thousands of freelance musicians across the UK who make their income from performing live, the impact of Coronavirus and resulting lockdowns has been devastating. In 2020, Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Hardship Funding reached over 19,000 music creators struggling to make ends meet, providing nearly £15m in financial aid. However, with no clear return to live music or end to social distancing, this support is still needed at scale as musicians continue to be unable to earn a living.
For those who are able to, you can make a donation to support their vital work here: www.helpmusicians.org.uk/metropolis
In the meantime we look forward to supporting your projects here at Metropolis. Thank you for taking the time to read this far!