Coronavirus advice for musicians

Posted on: 19 March 2020

Musicians' day to day lives are becoming increasingly difficult

 

As the number of reported incidents of new coronavirus infections in the UK continues to increase, the day to day life for all musicians is changing and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to carry on as normal. We know it can be overwhelming and alarming but there are a lot of advice and tips. 

Here's our advice specifically for musicians:

1.       Keep up to date

We advise keeping up to date with advice from the UK Government, Public Health Wales, Health Protection Scotland, the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland, the NHS and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Check advice frequently as its altering on a daily basis.

Our partners the Musician’s Union (MU) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have Coronavirus information hubs and email newsletters to sign up to. And if you’re a member you can get legal advice or further help as part of your membership.

2.       Stay healthy

The NHS have circulated advice about COVID-19 and you should also read the Government's guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people.

Infectious disease outbreaks can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. Take a look at mentalhealth.org.uk for some really useful tips.

3.       Teaching

You should follow any instructions issued by your employer or if you’re self-employed keep up to date with Government guidance to educational establishments.

Provided that you do not fall within the categories set out by the Government for self-isolation there is no reason why lessons could not take place. However, there is concern about the fear of infection so bear this in mind and consider teaching online.

Teach your pupils online using Skype or FaceTime

4.       Performers

If your performance has been cancelled and you have a contract, ISM has a useful advice page for performers. The MU also have numerous pages of support. If you are experiencing serious financial hardship, consider speaking to Help Musicians.

5.       Advice for travellers

From 17 March 2020 for an initial period of 30 days the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential international travel, this is to take effect immediately. For more information see the Government website and check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  • Contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
  • Get in touch with your insurance provider 
  • Continue to follow the NHS coronavirus advice

If you're abroad, or if your travel is essential, see the government guidance on travel.

If you have returned from abroad and feel unwell use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

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