Since February/March, live production crew have seen their careers on pause due to the almost complete closure of the live events industry.
FOH and Monitor engineer. I have been working in the industry for over 20 years. On 6th March 2020 I lost my first European tour which was due to start mid March and from there in a matter of weeks I subsequently lost every single piece of work I had well into 2021. I was also in discussions with artist management about working with a very high profile artist for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 which also disappeared as soon as the lockdown restrictions came in.
Currently I have no work whatsoever in my diary and have no prospect of any work for the foreseeable future.
The financial strain is terrifying having lived and budgeted on the income I’ve had for the last 20 years to suddenly have to live, and pay the same bills on a quarter of my normal income is crippling, not to mention the strain on my mental and emotional health.
Drum and Keys Tech. Since losing work in the music industry due to COVID I have struggled to find work elsewhere, which has led to severe money worries. This incidentally has led to me being unable to pay the bills to support me and my family. I have tried to explore every avenue, to fulfil these basic needs. This has left me feeling extremely concerned and has certainly impacted my mental health. Fingers crossed for a brighter future.
Lighting Designer, Lighting Technician, I feel as if live events/touring crew have been completely forgotten about. Whilst the arts as a whole has struggled, I have seen a lot more financial support for theatre and television professionals. Thankfully the US Live Nation fund generously offered me a grant ($1000), but it was just a scratch on the income I have lost for the past 6 months and the expensive cost of living in London. I have not just been under financial strain, but mentally I have seen a change in myself. It’s been really difficult to stay positive and motivated; I wake up each morning and struggle to find a sense of purpose. Not knowing when I will be able to return to the work and lifestyle I have worked hard towards and been used to for so long has left me feeling anxious and quite frankly depressed. The end is still not in sight, and we will be the very last to go back to work. We need supporting, urgently.
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