A sector-wide initiative is the most effective way to mobilise activity and retain musicians
Our research on Covid-19’s impact on period-instrument ensembles has shown that many will not survive the 20/21 season without additional help. Until now, ensembles have funded their work with a mix of ticket sales, touring, private donations, and grants from trusts and foundations, with little or no public funding. Under Covid restrictions, this economic model is no longer viable. A recent UK Musicians Union survey showed 34% of freelance musicians may leave the profession, and many players have already left the UK. Period instrumentalists have a highly specialised training, and UK ensembles of all sizes will be impoverished by the loss of their talent and scholarship.