Two auctions launched yesterday (November 27): the#ILoveLive prize draw, the proceeds of which go to the Stagehand charity that gives hardship funding for reside occasions business staff; and a one-off public sale for the Music Venue Trust. The latter sale sees the prog rock scene’s present gatekeeper, Steven Wilson, public sale a £10,000 field set that features a Grammy nomination certificates, an unreleased tune, and different particular objects.
The#ILoveLive prize draw has a wealth of signed signature guitars from Nile Rogers, Liam Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Elbow, and Nick Cave, whereas a fortunate fan may get their arms on certainly one of FKA Twigs‘ stage masks.
Elsewhere, Ellie Goulding, Robbie Williams and Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine are gifting away handwritten lyrics. Craig David is supplying a signed mixing desk and The Chemical Brothers are offering a signed synth. A ticket for the draw prices £5, and the goal is to lift £1m earlier than Christmas.
Music supervisor/promoter David Stopps, who’s heading up the Stagehand draw, instructed The Guardian: “After I heard concerning the tenth suicide try amongst street crew I assumed, I’ve bought to do one thing.”
Considered one of Stopps’ purchasers, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, donated the guitar he performed at Stay Help after Stopps was moved by tales corresponding to that of a “former stage supervisor who wakened in tears after realising she had £10 in her checking account”. Stagehand included the employee in an preliminary spherical of £500 funds: “It wasn’t a lot however it confirmed that somebody cared.”
Nile Rodgers performs reside in January 2019. CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Pictures for Stay Nation
Chic’s Nile Rodgers has chipped in a specifically commissioned Fender reproduction of his well-known “hitmaker” Stratocaster guitar, which he performed on a number of Stylish tracks and extra not too long ago Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky‘.
The legendary musician stated: “A Stylish present wouldn’t be doable with out our unimaginable crew who’ve been deeply affected by the pandemic, as have all of the crews. They’ve had such a tricky time this yr with no work in any respect.”
Grace Jones at Exit Pageant. Credit score: Getty
Furlough schemes and grants have been equipped by the UK authorities to assist business staff in the course of the pandemic, nonetheless, many freelance sound engineers, lighting technicians and tour managers have fallen via the cracks to obtain support. A Stagehand survey revealed that 35 per cent are surviving on financial savings or debt and 20 per cent have been left with no authorities assist, together with common credit score.
More than £27,000 has been raised to help struggling employees by The Survival Tour, a 15-day cycle ride by music professionals to fundraise for #WeMakeEvents. That initiative is one of some others making an attempt to assist bolster the business past auctions.
The Survival Tour‘s organiser Steve Reynolds, who works at Loud Sound, instructed NME: “We wished to do one thing extra to assist folks in technical manufacturing business who’re in dire straits… the place assist isn’t attending to”.
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In the meantime, the Music Venues Belief public sale, which options Wilson’s one off £10,000 field set, comes in response to the government’s limited Culture Recovery rescue package. As many as 290,000 grassroots spaces have shared £41m from the fund, but more than 600 have missed out.
“Now we have a traffic-light system, with 30 in crimson dealing with critical risks, together with iconic venues such because the Lexington in London and the Lantern in Halifax,” Mark Davyd, Music Venue Belief CEO added to The Guardian. “One other 300 are on the amber record and others have merely disappeared from our radar – we predict as a result of they’re now not music venues.”
The Stagehand public sale is reside till 6pm on December 17. Its supplementary Prints for Music sale runs till 21 December.