Jul 17, 2020

Thank you for supporting our artists

LS performing to a sold-out Smith Square in 2019
LS performing to a sold-out Smith Square in 2019

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for your generosity in supporting La Serenissima's Artist Relief Fund. I am delighted to say that we have raised more than £10,000 to create the fund through the support of our GlobalGiving crowd and from other donors who have donated directly to La Serenissima. And thanks to monthly donors and others, the fund is still growing.

As you may remember, when we launched the campaign, we did not know the scale of the closures to public-facing activity and we also didn't know what the Government's response to the crisis would be for the self-employed. All our team are freelance and so we needed to prepare for the event of there being no support for the self-employed. Happily, the Chancellor's package has helped our team through the months of March-May and will do so (to a lesser extent) for the months of June-August 2020. This has meant that so far, no one has needed to apply for a hardship grant from the fund.

However, we anticipate that all of our remaining concerts in 2020 will be cancelled or postponed (although we haven't had confirmation of this yet) and the outlook for performing in large groups in public is bleak whilst social distancing is required. Consequently, we anticipate that many of our musicians will need some kind of grant from the Artist Relief Fund during the Autumn or early part of 2021 if they are to survive the impact of the pandemic. 

Consequently, we continue to invite support to the fund in the hope of it growing over the coming months. We have created a LS Players' Committee to inform decision-making around the Artist Relief Fund and to help us keep in touch with our wider group of musicians about how they are coping with the situation.

As one of the UK's performing arts organisations who are not a National Portfolio Organisation, we must await news from Arts Council England to discover how we may be able to benefit from the Chancellor's recently-announced Arts rescue package. This support will be crucial to enabling La Serenissima to weather the impact of Covid-19 beyond the Autumn. If you wish to make a donation directly to La Serenissima to help us keep going, please email camilla@laserenissima.co.uk as we would be hugely grateful for any additional help you can give. We are hoping to create new recording projects to provide work for our team and keep La Serenissima's music available to audiences whilst we can't play in public.

In the meantime, please keep an eye on our website which will be upgraded soon and consider signing up to receive our newsletter if you haven't already. Our new album Extra Time will be released on 31 July and features music by Albinoni, Brescianello, Matteis The Younger and Vivaldi. You can follow Adrian's daily editing challenge through our social media channels too.

Thank you for your support. Everyone at La Serenissima is very grateful.

With our best wishes,

Camilla & Adrian

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Mar 30, 2020

Thank you for supporting Settecento

Dear Supporter

We're pleased to be writing with the news that this new album is now fully funded. Thank you for helping us to achieve this. We've managed to raise all the money needed to make the project through this crowdfunding campaign, as well as thanks to a number of track sponsors and other individuals who have donated directly to the charity. We are preparing for a release in November 2020 on the Signum label. Watch this space!

In these challenging times, La Serenissima remains more committed than ever to delivering its mission and to continue to honour its vision to enrich lives by sharing our passion for Italian baroque music. Although we are unable to perform in public since the closure of venues in response to COVID-19, our recordings remain a powerful means to reach audiences and to uplift spirits in isolation. Thank you for your support to this part of our artistic output - it has never been so important to us.

Last week we launched a new campaign on GlobalGiving to create a Relief Fund for La Serenissima artists in need of financial support during this time of crisis. If you haven't joined our Crowd for that project, please consider supporting us if you can. We need our artists and their wellbeing is paramount to our ability to make music. Your support is hugely appreciated.

Finally, during this time of isolation please remember you have La Serenissima's music to keep you company: we're on the radio, you can stream our albums and many of you will have physical record collections in your homes. Vivaldi and his friends will keep your spirits up - he's certainly doing that in our house! Adrian's new editing project - born from the mantra a Vivaldi concerto a day keeps the doctor away - is being shared daily via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. There will also be a new album release to look forward to in July when Extra Time comes out - the music is brilliant and we're very proud of this work, created over several years in the recording studio. And if you would like to help La Serenissima access 'free' funding, you can now do most of your online shopping via Amazon Smile and Give As You Live and nominate La Serenissima for this support. It really does make a difference to us!

Thank you for supporting us. We hope we can support you in this time of crisis.

With our gratitude 

Adrian & Camilla

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Mar 26, 2020

We're supporting our artists during COVID-19

Dear Supporter,

You generously gave to our first ever crowdfunding campaign back in 2018 - an initiative that resulted in the release of Vivaldi X2, an album that entered the UK Specialist Classical Chart at Number 1. We will never forget the joy of discovering that when all else had failed, there was a crowd of enthusiastic people who were prepared to give to our project. Thank you for being part of this movement.

Today, La Serenissima is alive and kicking, fighting to keep going in the face of literally insurmountable obstacle. We don't know when or how our band will next play together and we are bracing ourselves for the inevitable slow recovery to concert promotion when the current social distancing measures are lifted. Recordings seem more important than ever in our house. We hope you are able to keep listening to music to keep your spirits up. Streaming La Serenissima's albums is one way to keep the charity going AND lift your mood!

Community is at the heart of La Serenissima's existence. We love our colleagues and we love our audiences. This crisis is difficult for those reasons. However, it is also a frightening time for many (or all) of our ensemble because as freelancers we are vulnerable. Although we hope the UK government will find a way to support the self-employed, we recognise that any measures are unlikely to address the scale of the problem for our artists. The UK concert scene is unlikely to pick up quickly after the social distancing measures are lifted. Many of our players are reliant on concert fees and teaching to eat. Adrian and I have therefore launched a new crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 to support those who need it during this initial phase of lockdown. 

This week, GlobalGiving is matchfunding small donations at 50% (up to $50). So I am writing to ask those of you who can help, to please support this campaign this week: it only takes £5 to join our crowd.

We hope that we can help our colleagues by helping financially, but also by setting an example to other organisations to look after their own. If we can boost morale and help our team to survive this crisis, then there will still be a highly-skilled freelance workforce to carry out La Serenissima's mission in the future.

Please help us if you can and please help us spread the word: there is a link to the campaign below.

If you have already donated, thank you again

Stay well, take care and keep listening to our music!

Camilla

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