Music giant reflects on Manchester

Music giant reflects on Manchester


norman lebrecht

May 24, 2017

Amid a negligible classical response, the chairman of Universal Music Group, Lucian Grainge, has written to all employees. UMG lost three employees in the Paris Bataclan bombing. Here’s what Sir Lucian writes:

Dear Colleagues,
Once again, we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence.

Today, our emotions are raw.  We are deeply saddened by the awful events last night in Manchester.  We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those affected.  And we grieve for all of those lost there, offering our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.

We can report that no UMG employees were injured in the attack, and that Ariana Grande and her crew are safe. That said, the fact that such an unspeakable act can be committed at a place where innocent people – including so many young people – come together peacefully to enjoy music reflects a level of evil beyond comprehension.

This hits home for us as a music company—because so many of us, myself included, spend so much time out seeing our artists perform, let alone attending concerts as fans.  That’s why we’ve chosen music as our career—or rather music has chosen us.  Your safety and security is absolutely paramount to us.  I want you to know that if, for any reason, you ever have any questions or concerns, we want you to reach out so we can resolve it.  Our Security team and Human Resources staff stand ready to assist you.  Please take advantage of all they have to offer.

Today is a day of remembrance, a day to pause and reflect, with thoughts for yesterday’s tragedy.

Thank you, as always, for everything you do.



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  • erich says:

    Pardon my cynicism but would Grainge have written this if la Grande had not been a UMG artist…and would SD have commented if it did not also allegedly have a ‘connection’ to UMG??

  • Brian says:

    I wonder how many music executives released statements when 68 kids were killed in a suicide car bombing in Syria last month. Food for thought…