Frank Turner is raising money for stage crew charity Stagehand’s #ILoveLive campaign, which is providing financial help for all UK stage crew who are in the greatest need. Stage crew seem to be the forgotten ones in the current pandemic. They’re the unsung heroes of the live entertainment world. Without them shows just couldn’t happen.
The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for the whole music industry but particularly for the stage techs, sound engineers, guitar techs, keyboard techs, drum techs, stage managers, production managers, tour managers and other live support personnel who make shows possible.
With no shows since March 2020, crew’s income has been slashed with many finding that they are ineligible for any kind of government financial aid. Many are in desperate need and most are sitting with mental health issues.
Let’s help raise some money to support them this winter. It could literally save lives.
Frank Turner live at Wembley, 2012. Support the unsung heroes who make live shows like this happen.
Frank Turner has donated two guestlist spots (themselves and a friend) to any public headline show they can make, anywhere in the world, for life, and handwritten lyrics to any Frank Turner song of choice, to this prize draw fundraising campaign.
To be in with a chance of winning the 'lifetime guestlist tickets' and handwritten lyrics we are holding a prize draw with each entry costing £5. You can enter multiple times.
Entries can be purchased between Wednesday 17 February 2021 and Wednesday 17 March 2021. The winner will be notified by Wednesday 24 March via email.
It's impossible for me to exaggerate how important my crew are for me. For the last decade and more we have worked, travelled, played, eaten and slept next to each other around the world. I simply couldn't even begin to do my job, play my shows, without my touring family. They're my closest friends and some of the most skilled and dedicated people I know.
The pandemic has been ridiculously tough for people who normally make their living on the road, travelling around and gathering people together. This is true for my crew, and for the wider industry of techs, stage hands, tour managers and all the rest. Their plight is acute and isn't being attended to sufficiently by the powers that be. They need all the help they can get.
With that in mind, here's a prize you can win from me via this prize draw. The winner will get the lyrics to any song of mine, of their choice, handwritten out, for them. In addition, they'll get two guestlist spots (themselves and a friend) to any public headline show they can make, anywhere in the world, for life.
Please do get involved in this, we can make a huge difference to people who really, really need it." - Frank Turner
Founded in 1996, the PSA is the trade association for individuals and businesses providing technical production services to live events. A member funded, member focussed, organisation, the PSA membership consists of around 2000 self employed technicians and 300 memberships in technical supply businesses.
Stagehand is the public facing name of the PSA Welfare and Benevolent Fund; a registered charity launched over 2 decades ago with the aim of raising and distributing funds for members, former members and their families who fall on hard times through illness or injury. More recently, the trustees launched a ring-fenced fund to subsidise Mental Health First Aid training for self employed members, as part of our mission to improve our sector’s approach to mental health.
The crisis in our sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the focus to those unable to work due to the current crisis. Live production workers and businesses were amongst the first to be affected, it is now clear that many live production crews are reaching a critical point with basic living expenses outstripping income. This applies across the board, from those people that earn a living building and operating shows at grassroots level to those that work with the largest stadium artists.
Extensions to the Job Retention Scheme have come too late for many companies; they were forced to make redundancies in the summer. 20% of self employed workers fell through the cracks in support; these are the people we intend to support through this fund.
Our immediate plan is to help the crew in most need, those who are close to losing the roof over their head, or those that are struggling to put food on the table. Grants will be considered to any UK crew worker who is working in the live music sector. They do not have to be PSA members.
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.