Without a doubt, we are in the midst of one of the most uncertain times in living memory, as individuals, communities, governments and industries around the world grapple with the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Our own beloved industry faces unprecedented challenges with the closure of arts venues the world over. It is an impossible time for all involved, and we are acutely aware of how quickly these cancellations have affected the entire industry; from each of the artists and touring partners for whom we work, to the promoters, venues and agencies with which we collaborate, as well as many more individuals beyond.
Our priority right now is to support our artists and their loved ones as they face the arduous months ahead, and to safeguard and support the entire Askonas Holt family into the future.
“We will do everything we can to support and protect our artists,” says Chief Executive Donagh Collins. “We appreciate that this is a uniquely stressful time for many; seeing engagements falling away after years in the making, while simultaneously dealing with all the uncertainty the pandemic has created. We will no doubt learn from these extraordinary moments, and find ways to reach audiences who are in need of comfort and inspiration during these difficult times. Despite our physical distances, it has never been more important for our creative industry to work together, recognising that we all face similar challenges.”
We look forward to a time when we can return to collective music-making in concert halls and opera houses around the world. In the meantime, it’s heartening to see artists and cultural organisations finding alternative ways to spread the joy and comfort that music and the performing arts afford.
Please note that as of Tuesday 17 March, all Askonas Holt staff are now working from home in line with UK governmental advice, but remain fully contactable through the usual channels.
With love and safe wishes from all of us at Askonas Holt.
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Play on: keeping the performing arts going during crisis
It is truly inspiring to see our global community coming together and finding alternative ways to reach audiences; from mini-concerts live from artists’ homes to offering to share expertise with young artists. View our ever-updating list here.