The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and The BRIT Awards have donated £54,000 to the Covid-19 Relief Fund, run by the Production Services Association (PSA) Welfare and Benevolent Fund, known as Stagehand.
Stagehand’s Relief Fund has raised almost quarter of a million pounds towards supporting live music and events professionals who have been hit hardest by loss of income this year. Thousands of behind the scenes staff have had their source of income cut off by the pandemic lockdowns, including crew, technicians, administrative teams and others who keep the live performance business.
Accepting the donation with gratitude, Stagehand’s Chair of Trustees Mike Lowe said, ‘As time goes on, the crisis worsens, and we continue to see first-hand how the current situation is affected live production crew. This money will reassure those struggling to meet food or housing bills that the industry they love has not forgotten them.’
The BPI has coordinated £1.67 million in funds donated to charities and organisations supporting artists, managers and venues through the pandemic. As Geoff Taylor, the BPI’s Chief Executive, commented, ‘Our industry is deeply interconnected and while everyone is feeling the pain of the Covid-19 pandemic in some way, no sector has felt its force to the same degree as the Live business. This includes the expert technicians and events professionals who help make great performances happen.
‘That’s why it’s right that, in addition to previous donations to charities benefitting artists, managers and venues, we should not overlook this important part of the music family. We rely on their skills every year in staging The BRIT Awards and the Hyundai Mercury Prize and we’re delighted to assist the important work of Stagehand supporting live production crew.’