The MU is launching its Summer of Live Online Festival today, with the inaugural event being hosted by Shell Zenner, radio presenter, producer and DJ, and featuring the talents of Eliza Shaddad, Jack Curley, Prima and Kinkai.
The latest issue of The Musician (summer 2020) has been dispatched via DotMailer in digital format to all MU members and the magazine can be accessed via the ISSUU facility and pdf on the Union’s website. Understandably this edition focuses on how life under lockdown has impacted on UK musicians and how the MU has supported its members during the outbreak and lobbied parliament over financial support for musicians.
I undertook a radio interview with Katherine at BCB Radio today, in which we discussed the financial hardship facing working musicians. This will be broadcast on Friday morning between 11am and 12pm with presenter Ian Forward. Bradford Community Broadcasting (BCB) is a volunteer-led, community organisation that uses engagement with Community Radio as a tool for personal development, community empowerment and social change.
My thanks to Greg Fitzgerald for his superb production of “Love on a summer’s day”, a track I wrote with my profoundly deaf stepdaughter Lisa in mind. Mix 6 was signed off today and well worth the wait and extra effort spent, in particular, on the coda. A part which benefits from the combined excellent vocal contributions by both Greg and his daughter Emily. Very pleased.
I have arranged, in my capacity as MU PR & Marketing Official, for Horace Trubridge and teacher/member Sam Dunkley to be interviewed live on air today during the early morning news slot on Sky News. Principally to discuss how the government schemes, although well-meant, are not supporting all musicians.
The first track for my new album has been signed off today, with mix 6 proving a winner. My heartfelt thanks to Greg Fitzgerald, producer, in Canterbury, and Abdelkader Saadoun in Maidstone (various north African instruments) and violinist Chris Haigh in Forest Gate, E7. I should also thank my son Ben who, in passing, complimented the guitar part that formed the basis of the song and therefore encouraged me to complete the melody and lyric.
I was interviewed by Alice Amel today for a broadcast on Riverside Radio scheduled for airing at 9pm next Tuesday (21st). Alice was looking to record a short phone interview with an MU representative for the specialist music show she produces and presents for the station based in SW London. The subject matter included how Covid-19 is impacting on music creators, how the Union has continued lobbying during the outbreak and how listeners can support musicians through donations. The shows has a growing reputation and features up-and-coming artists and industry news and advice from industry experts such as PRS & PPL for Music and TuneCore.
Jazz FM are hosting a UK Music Day throughout the Bank Holiday Monday and I wish to acknowledge their commitment to raising awareness of the challenging situation facing working musicians courtesy of the Covid-19 outbreak. The station has very kindly agreed to encourage contributions to the MU Hardship Fund from 6am onwards and my special thanks go to Content Director Nick Pitt and PR Alastair Steel for their excellent support and assistance.