Minding Creative Minds
A 24/7 wellbeing support programme for event industry crew, musicians, songwriters and artist manager. Assisting the Irish music community through COVID-19 challenges and beyond by providing free counselling services, financial, legal and career advice.
AIST Crew hardship Fund
The crew Hardship Fund will be managed and distributed by AIST (Association of Irish Stage Technicians). The Fund will be available to members and non members who work in any crew related role in the Irish Live Events Industry.
First Fortnight charity is the administrator of your donation. All donations made will be divided equally between Minding Creative Minds (MCM) and Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship fund.
Lockdown Ukelele Rockdown 27/07/2020
~A message from Bressie~
Throughout the pandemic and generally in times when the world gets tough on people music and musicians can often be the greatest therapists. Unknowingly they support and guide many of us through these difficult times but right now musicians and their vast team of crew from sound engineers to stage managers need help more than most with their entire industry unable to work. It's because of this I am delighted to have "The Lockdown Ukulele Rockdown '' release support the Irish Live Event Industry Crew through two great initiatives - Minding Creative Minds and the AIST (Association of Irish Stage Technicians) Hardship Fund. I am encouraging anyone who enjoys The Lockdown Ukulele Project to go to
https://www.gofundme.com/f/wearethesupportact and donate what they can.
Songs From An Empty Room 25/07/2020
Songs from An Empty Room, a night of epic performances with a host of Irish artists in venues across Ireland. Hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Jenny Greene and Eoghan McDermott, this music TV event will support two fantastic live events industry initiatives - Minding Creative Minds and the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund. Tune into RTÉ2, RTÉ 2FM or RTÉ Player on Saturday July 25th from 8.30pm for Songs from An Empty Room, broadcast from much-loved, and much-missed, venues around the country.
Live events continue through wars, they raise money for famine, they raise the spirits of a nation in times of need and provide a focus in times of celebration. Never, in the history of staging live performances and events, has there been such a sudden and total cessation of work in Ireland, as happened on the 12th of March 2020. Currently, throughout the country, festival fields and event sites are deserted, theater seats await an audience and music venues are empty.
However, the show must go on! In addition to providing an incredible night of entertainment, the aim of the broadcast is to help raise awareness for the live events industry as a whole and the number of individuals and businesses impacted. All funds raised will support Minding Creative Minds and AIST Hardship Fund.
How to Support:
Donate via this GoFundme link above or you can purchase branded crew merchandise through the website www.songsfromanemptyroom.com or www.wearethesupportact.com , all Crew Merchandise profits from sales will be added to this GoFundMe.
You can also text "SONGS" to 50300 to donate €4
The Live Events industry is worth €1.7 billion to the whole Island of Ireland each year. While many other sectors begin their recovery, Live Events & Arts workers have no clear indication or guidance as to when their work can recommence. Without support, many will be forced out of the industry, and losing that skilled specialised workforce will be catastrophic for multiple sectors, including arts, culture, tourism and hospitality.
So, at a time when we are most disconnected, tune in and support those who connect us the most!
- Gillian Walsh
- Laura Sinnott
- Fidelma McGinn
- Margaret Burke
Organizer and beneficiary
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