While we work on a new service to help musicians earn money from their homes over the coming weeks, we’re encouraging musicians to share songs of hope with their neighbours by opening their windows and making music.
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If this works, we’ll be coordinating 8pm balcony jams every night for the next few weeks.
“I made my recording at the window and my neighbour asked from the window what key I was in and joined me in the piano ❤️ I had never really spoken to him before! I felt the effect of doing it today, it was incredible. He walked past later walking his dog and waved at me - we’re buddies now 😁” - @claudiamarquesmusic, Weds March 18 2020
To my fellow musicians,
The future is more uncertain now than it has ever been in our lifetimes, but one thing will always remain true:
As musicians and singers, we have the power to give people hope during times of crisis.
For anyone having a difficult day, hearing a musician make music nearby can provide a few minutes of welcome respite from the challenging times we find ourselves in. This respite is needed now, more than ever, by the isolated and vulnerable members of our communities.
The restorative effect of live music on our mental health should never be underestimated.
At Encore, we strongly believe that musicians make the world a better place.
We founded our company on this belief, and now we want to coordinate our network of over 20,000 UK musicians to sing and play songs of hope for our country (and the world) when it’s most needed.
I’m sure we’ve all seen the glorious balcony orchestras serenading their neighbourhoods in Italy, and as musicians, we believe it’s time for the UK to hear the same message:
“Where there’s music, there’s hope.”
We want to give hope to the isolated and vulnerable members of our local communities.
We want to stand in solidarity with our friends and families working around the clock as part of the NHS. If nothing else, we want to provide thousands of little moments of respite to thousands of people around the country (and the world).
A few days ago, we would have done this by making music in the same spaces as our audiences, but this is no longer possible.
Instead, we will (figuratively!) sing from the rooftops.
“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain.
We all have sorrow,
But if we are wise,
We know that there's always tomorrow.
Lean on me, when you're not strong,
And I'll be your friend,
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long,
'Til I'm gonna need,
Somebody to lean on”
Billions of people are now feeling more isolated today than they’ve ever felt before, and millions of musicians have just lost the ability to earn money by performing and teaching in physical spaces.
At Encore, our mission is:
“To support musicians by making it simple for anyone to book them through a fair and transparent online platform.”
We are working around the clock to find a way of combating this isolation, and helping working musicians earn a livelihood through the power of online music experiences. We are here to help you through these challenging times, and will keep you informed as the Live Music Economy adapts to Self-Isolation in 2020.
I’d like to end with the uplifting words of Emily Dickinson,
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
Stay tuned, and please stay safe,
Encore Co-Founder & CEO
To support the elderly in your community, we recommend donating to NHS.
NHS offers an incredible service to the elderly in our communities, helping to provide companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most.
As you can imagine, if more older people do have to self-quarantine, this can lead to them feeling isolated and low.
By donating to NHS Charities, you could help the charity answer more calls to their advice line and provide regular friendship calls to those who are lonely during coronavirus self-isolation.