Lisa Goldin is one of the many musicians across the globe who have struggled to find work as restaurants and bars close…
Published by Hotelier Middle East, ITP Media by Claudia De Brito
2 April 2020
As the fight against the spread of COVID-19 rages on, the severity of its financial impact has become increasingly clear. Industries such as hospitality, aviation and travel have been hit hard by movement restrictions and grounded flights. Within that however there exists pockets of smaller industries also feeling the strain.
The freelance music industry for example is largely dependent on hosting concerts and performances in bars and hotels and since these have largely halted operations, many artists are without work with no indication of when things will ramp up again.
Dubai-based musician Lisa Goldin reached out to Hotelier Middle Eastto share her story. She works with properties and venues such as Urban Bar Kitchen, Mövenpick JLT and Pierchic, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeira and Irish Village in Garhoud. With venues closing, she said: “Some of us are okay, but some of us live day by day, cheque to cheque – that is the reality. We have families we support, so we all know the demand of that financially alone.”
Amid all the difficulties of the pandemic, Goldin has recorded a new song named Hope. She explained: “So feeling very doubtful I sent it to all my friends and family asking the question, “do I go ahead and release “Hope”? Are you sure it’s not going to come off with the wrong message (like plugging a song in the middle of a crisis)?” They heard it and said I HAVE TO DO IT.”
Hope releases on April 24th this year. You can listen to it below:
By Lisa Goldin, Singer-Songwriter, Performing Artist & Author
2 April 2020
“Hi, how are you coping? How are your family? Are you all safe? Do you need anything? How can I help?”
This is my new way of saying hello at the moment. Anxious, worried and a sense of hopeless desperation.
On 13th March 2020, the first official notice of lockdown was issued to musicians in Abu Dhabi, followed a day later by Dubai and the rest of Emirates due to the pandemic Covid-19.
The musicians here have regular daily residencies in various hotels’ restaurants, bars and music venues, as well as corporate shows and festivals. Our contracts are between three, six and twelve months long, give or take. We do not have sick pay or holiday pay – we perform regardless. We are subjected to Force Majeure in all instances of a worldwide crisis. So you probably already know what I am going to say next…yes, our work was cancelled overnight, until further notice. With Ramadan starting around the 24th April 2020, it is very uncertain as to whether our performances will resume anytime soon.
I am a singer-songwriter and performing artist based here in the UAE on a Freelance Visa. Been in and out the territory for about ten years now. I love the UAE, I love all it has to offer form a lifestyle and work purpose. The musicians I have come to know are my friends, we are a community. We really look out for each other. It breaks my heart seeing my friends in this state of mind, with such a hectic knock on affect. Some of us are okay, but some of us live day by day, cheque to cheque – that is the reality. We have families we support, so we all know the demand of that financially alone.
As many, I work directly with clients or through agencies. My agents, Offbroadway Entertainment, SOLE Agency and COVER PAGE -Dubai, look after me, take care of my best interests artistically and from a business perspective. We work hard together to sustain long relationships here in the UAE. With our work shutdown, so are theirs.The residencies I am so honoured to perform at are from the agents securing, ubk – urban bar & kitchen, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Pierchic, Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Madinat Jumeirah, and I work directly with The Irish Village Dubai, Garhoud. I say honourerd, because I work with beautiful people who look after me at every performance. We are so gracious to each other, that is so important in a workplace. Honestly so grateful I can create a musical experience in an environment like that. The guests come back to enjoy that moment. It is the one time a person might just a breather to just stop and forget work pressure, and any pressure with life’s curve balls. All of these that people we meet, that we work with and that we get to share our art and creativity with are special beings. We are the team. And I really am so concerned about all of us, because now we are all severely impacted and have no directive as to what the future holds. Pay cuts, job cuts, cuts, cuts, cuts. Dire.
In the midst of all the chaos of the world we are presently facing, I was at VST Studios with Producer Stoyan Stoyanov StoЯn mastering a song I called “Hope”. I remember him asking at the beginning of March, “hon, are your gigs still secure?” and I was so oblivious, perhaps hopeful we’d all be okay, replying, “yes, all fine my side”! Well, we know where that statement stands now! And then it happened. Complete lockdown. I was like now what do I do? Do I release a song in a time like this? Where possibly no one is even listening because they’re in the midst of moving their office to home and school or day-care to home, or they are grounded in a different country because they cannot fly home, or worse they are in hospital diagnosed with Coronavirus. I don’t even like typing or saying this word aloud.
So feeling very doubtful I sent it to all my friends and family asking the question, “do I go ahead and release “Hope”? Are you sure it’s not going to come off with the wrong message (like plugging a song in the middle of a crisis)?” They heard it and said I HAVE TO DO IT.
This is tiny me, not-famous, just a songwriter and musician who would love to brighten your day, regardless of being out of work unable to support my family and forbidden to travel to be with them in this very tough time, which we are all in world as a together. The release date 24/04/2020 is just in time for Freedom Day, 27th April 2020, in South Africa (being South Africa). In the meantime there’s a pre-save on Spotify (https://smarturl.it/7fildo), with link to lyric video of the full song (https://bit.ly/GoldinHopeLyricVideo), plus more exciting developments which you can follow @goldinlisa on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn found on http://www.goldinlisa.com.
Please stay blessed, stay safe and hope to see you soon…