How COVID19 Effected My SteelBand Business

How COVID19 Effected My SteelBand Business

How COVID19 Effected My SteelBand Business
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How COVID19 Effected My Steel Band Business

In The Begining

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11:03am on the 14th October 2008 I suffered an accident at a local tyre garage. I did not notice that in the workshop was a plastic chain link left lying on the ground.

The resulting accident resulted in a shattered wrist which required an operation to have inserted a plate and 8 screws .. followed by almost 3 years of physiotherapy.

At the time, I was told I would never play music again and should think about going back to being a Contacts Manager #YeahRight, But I was determined and came out the other side.

This was just 6 months after setting up Steelasophical Entertainment and steelband.co.uk. I thought at the time that nothing (barring another accident) could ever be so devastating to me as a professional musician.

Well on March 2020, COVID19 said hold my coat. As a result, my calendar for weddings and corporate events was totally decimated. Most events were moved to 2021/22, some were cancelled outright. The lockdown in December alone saw a loss of 2 block bookings opportunities worth thousands of pounds. I do not do music as a hobby, it is my main source of income.

Outside of the lockdowns in 2020, I adapted, doing a couple of weddings, funeral day music, corporate bookings for clients such as Amazon Warehouses and even on a couple of Prison parade grounds throughout black history month.

Augmented this with paid virtual performances via Zoom gained through networking and marketing.

I started a Steelasophical Steel Pan Daily FaceBookLive where I have perform every day for the last 10 months, on my profile, and then share on various FBK groups. 

Fallen through the the cracks for most government financial assistance, so has been a challenge!

Moving forward

The 2020 model is clearly unsustainable. Since the Bojo announcement however, we’ve seen a flood of enquiries, but not falling for that trick again!! Another lockdown could be just around the corner.

Will still have a focus on weddings, as these are often booked 2 – 3 years in advance. I take a sizeable retainer fee which helps with cash-flow, but the effects of Cv19 has shown there is an untapped market for virtual services.

Seeking funding options to build a virtual music studio, where I will be able to monetise performances, demonstrations, personal bespoke recordings, steel pan lessons and other activities. I have music in a James Bond movie and albums selling worldwide, so will look to put my music and midi programming skills to good use, producing music for media, advertising,  film and collaborations.

“Gratitude is the attitude” with hope for a brighter future

How COVID19 Effected My Steel Band Business Gary Trotman
How COVID19 Effected My Steel Band Business

WHAT IS COVID-19?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been seen in humans until now and has caused viral pneumonia. It was first linked to Wuhan’s South China Seafood City market which is a wholesale market for seafood and live animals in December 2019.

The virus has now been detected in several areas throughout China, along with countries across Asia, North and South America, Europe, Africa and Oceana.

WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT NAMES MEAN?

You may have noticed different names circulating which relate to the novel corona virus. Below we have listed some of the more common names and explained what they mean.

COVID-19- this is the name for the disease caused by the coronavirus. This is simply short for coronavirus disease 2019. The World Health Organization announced this name on the 11 February 2020.

SARS-CoV-2- severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2. This is the name of the virus, not the disease that results from it. The world Health Organization emphasizes that while the viruses are related, COVID-19 is different from the SARS outbreak of 2003.

Novel corona virus 2019 (nCoV-19)- this was initially used at the start of the outbreak. It refers to the virus which is a novel form of the coronavirus that was first seen in 2019.

Coronavirus- you may see or hear about the virus referred to just as the coronavirus. This is not inaccurate as it is a novel strain of a coronavirus.

Why is it called a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are named after the Latin word corona, meaning “crown” or “halo,” because they have “crown-like spikes on their surface,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How are coronaviruses transmitted between people?

Coronaviruses are typically transmitted from person to person through exhalation of respiratory droplets (from the nose and mouth) and close contact. People can contract COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from an infected person who coughs or exhales droplets.

Those droplets can also land on objects and surfaces, and people can then catch the virus from touching those surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Coronaviruses are typically transmitted from person to person through exhalation of respiratory droplets (from the nose and mouth) and close contact.

People can contract COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from an infected person who coughs or exhales droplets.

Those droplets can also land on objects and surfaces, and people can then catch the virus from touching those surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Small particles that contain infectious amounts of virus can also remain suspended in the air for a period of time and travel farther distances than larger droplets usually produced when people sneeze or cough.

Wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from others, and avoiding prolonged contact (more than fifteen minutes) indoors with others are all helpful mitigation factors.

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