As we start to see some light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, it’s great to finally see musicians start performing again. CHORALLY partners Allianz Musical Insurance have put together a handy checklist to help you get prepared.
- Did you buy a new instrument or some new equipment in lockdown? Don’t forget to add this to your musical insurance policy to ensure all your gear is protected.
- Is the value of your equipment up to date? You should insure your instrument for the amount it would cost to replace it with one of a similar condition and value at today’s price.
- Keep it clean – as we know, Covid-19 has bought lots of new rules and regulations to follow, so it’s important to clean your instruments/equipment regularly. Make sure you’re stocked up with instrument/equipment cleaning products, as well as hand sanitiser.
- UK government guidelines state that ‘Performance or rehearsal is for limited periods of time at a reduced level of loudness, using microphones for amplification if available’. Keep this in mind when thinking about your set and what songs you might want to play. Pub customers will have to remain seated and pubs have been advised to not encourage people to get up and dance or sing/chant along.
- Check in with the venue before you arrive. Lots of venues have certain Covid rules in place now, so it’s important to have a chat with the venue before you get there to make sure you’ve got everything you might need to follow their regulations. Masks? Shields? Is there enough space for you and the band to be 2 metres apart?
- Performing outside? Do you have the right equipment and protection against the British weather? Maybe you and the band can chip in for a gazebo for shelter. It’s best not to expose your gear to the heat, cold or humidity for any long periods of time. Try not to leave your instrument in direct sunlight, a car boot or anywhere damp.
- If you’re not sure how much your instrument is worth, it’s a good idea to have it valued by a professional. If you have a valuable instrument you should have it valued every three years at least.
- Keep up to date with the latest guidance – take a look at the Musicians Union and ISM for updates.
- Don’t forget – if you take out an Allianz Musical Insurance policy online you’ll also get two months’ cover for free!