Covid-19 statement from Jazz North – March 2020

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Jazz North is monitoring the current guidance and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following advice, at this time we are not holding any public events and have cancelled the remaining two Jazz Camp for Girls sessions at the end of March, and the Jazz North Education Conference in June.

As an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation, we are talking to our funders in order to work out ways we can help and support you throughout this difficult time.

More and more gigs are also being cancelled and this will have a devastating impact on the industry. We are working internally to continue to fulfil our mission to support the jazz sector as much as we can, including the artists and venues who will be hit hardest. As things change, and as we develop our strategy, we will update all our stakeholders, including guidance on how you can support artists across the sector.

We have no office base and already work remotely, so we will continue to be at the end of an email if you have any questions –

There is still little in terms of guidance at this time, but please see the following links which may be relevant to you:

Arts Council England
Arts Council England have made an initial statement on Monday 16th March, and expect to offer further updates in due course.

Musicians’ Union
Musicians’ Union are offering updates to their guidance, including a survey to review how their members have been impacted by the current situation:
They have now setup a specific mailing list for direct updates on the situation here:

ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians)
ISM have a comprehensive range of advice for performers, private and school music teachers on their website. Their legal team can give advice to ISM members if suspended from work, or have self-isolated, because of the virus. They can also give advice to members on their rights if freelance engagements are cancelled or postponed.

Help Musicians UK
HMUK is updating their guidance relating to musicians’ welfare and the latest update is shared below.
HMUK Music Minds Matter helpline is a 24 hour support service which you can access via emailing or telephone 0808 802 8008.

Music Venue Trust
For venues and promoters, Music Venue Trust are offering updates and advocacy via their channels.