An opportunity to explore

This is our third blog about the great work charities have been doing to adapt their services, or create new ones in response to social distancing and other restrictions put in place to keep all of use safe. If you’d like you’re charity / social enterprise to feature, please email me: bobi@bobirobson.digital.

In this blog we hear from Music in Hospitals & Care, a charity providing live music sessions in healthcare settings across the UK.

We usually deliver up to 5,000 performances per year, with professional musicians visiting hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres, special schools and community settings.

Since the start of the UKs lockdown the charity have had to rethink how they can deliver their concerts and share Joy Through Live Music without visiting hospital and care venues.

We have practiced live stream concerts on a number of platforms and hope to launch a programme of digital sessions if we are able to raise the funds.

Alongside exploring new ways to deliver their concerts the charity launched an appeal to ensure that the freelance musicians they work with and who perform at the concerts would be financially supported.

We launched the Pause Play: COVID-19 emergency appeal, very quickly after lockdown which has allowed us to financially support our freelance musicians who had concerts booking in March and April and practise live stream music delivery.

The change in the way the charity works has been swift…

For Music in Hospitals & Care it has been a huge shift but one which is incredibly useful to explore other methods of delivery, particularly as the crisis has continued to change. It will still be a while before many healthcare settings can return to the new normal and our musicians are able to visit them again.

As soon as it is safe to do so, we want to deliver our concerts in person to those whose lives are made better through live music. On the other side of this, music will have a key part to play in our collective healing. However, it is good to know we have an option to live stream music for those who may be more vulnerable and hard to reach.

More online fundraising has meant we have grown our follower and supporter base as well as testing out new and different ways to reach more people. It has definitely given us more confidence in using social media and other digital platforms to fundraise.

You can visit mihc.org.uk/coronavirus to support the Pause Play: COVID-19 emergency appeal and follow them on social media to keep up to date with their online music delivery @MiHCUK.