Naomi Pohl, Deputy General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, examines the question, ‘When will it be time for musicians to go back to work and what might work look like in the Government’s Covid-19 recovery phases?’ and gives a broad-brush idea of what might be possible as we emerge from the pandemic.
Like every other sector, music and the wider creative industries are working extremely hard to plan for a phased return to workplaces. Unlike many other sectors, however, music and the arts are heavily reliant on live events which present very particular challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic and in the recovery phase.
Naomi Pohl’s key suggestions:
- Recording Studios likely to be the first to reopen
- Advice on pop up gigs and busking is in the making
- Reduced capacity gigs and concerts may be an option
- Safety must be the key focus when formal education resumes
- Social distancing applied to orchestral work, including broadcasting