Last Saturday, the Herefordshire and Worcestershire chamber of commerce invited me to enliven their Chamber Business Awards ceremony for this year. It had been a hot minute since the last time I played in front of a live audience, and I missed the stage so much!
If you have ever wondered what I do besides music, well, one of the little activities I enjoy is to take care of my garden. It is important that musicians have side activities!
I did not expect the article I wrote for the Musicians’ Union in occasion of World Menopause Day 2020 to have such an impact. It makes me happy to see how all these healthy and very necessary conversations sparkled from it!
As a professional musician, one of my greatest satisfactions is to share with other artists and see them grow. This drive to help others is what motivated me to create and mantain projects like Cafemnee, Time For My Music and Success Beyond The Score. It also plays a role in my involvement with organisations like the Musicians’ Union, which fight every day for better conditions in the industry.
If you want to have me performing live music as part of an event you are planning, now you have a quick way to enquiring online. You just need to head to my booking page and fill a short form that will allow me to know exactly what you need and provide you with all the information.
There was some good news in the Budget speech, as SEISS and furlough were extended to September and more money also went into the Cultural Recovery Fund. However, the situation for musicians is still extremely difficult. The MU estimates over 70% of musicians are unsure about their future in the industry. The governments needs to do more!
I bet that’s not a question most people ask themselves frequently. We are used to sweep that kind of topics under the rug. However, this is only a disservice to the entire community of musicians, including those that undergo menopause and those who don’t. For that reason, I wrote an article with all about it for the Musicians’ Union.
Sammy Stein is an award-winning author, writer, journalist, and curator with a deep interest in the situation and role of female musicians on the industry. She reached out to me for one of her latest books, “In Their Own Words, Interviews With Women In Jazz” to have a conversation about my experience as a professional musician, both in terms of my music production and my community projects involving women in music.
Tomorrow, Chancellor Rishi Sunak will deliver the Budget speech for MPs in the House of Commons. We are on the last leg of the race to make our concerns heard and push for the government to back up musicians during the COVID crisis and beyond. Find out here what you can do to help.