Exclusive: Last call for UK’s largest musicians diary serviceNews
In a direct consequence of the pandemic Morgenstern’s, the UK’s main diary service for musicians, has shut down after 40 years.
Julian Morgenstern has run the service single-handed and without charge to clients for the past 15 months.
He says: ‘Covid, as I’m sure you have experienced, has changed the direction of a lot of lives and businesses, possibly yours and certainly mine. This makes this a very difficult letter to write.
To keep Morgensterns running I’d have to start charging again, and I know that even though orchestral work is beginning to start up again, a lot of clients continue to suffer financially and would struggle to pay.
As you know, I’ve also been working with out any income for 15 months since June 2020, and I can’t continue to do this – there are too many expenses to cover and I’ve been running through my savings to keep the business alive.
‘My current plan is therefore sadly to stop services in one month, i.e. on the 19th September and to start the process of winding Morgensterns down with this email.
‘The database has worked brilliantly during the Covid lockdown and allowed me to run the business single handed. Selling is not something I need to do, but if you are interested, I’d be happy to speak to you.
‘I’d like to thank you for all your bookings and your support over the past 40 years. I’ve always appreciated the testimonials you have allowed me to use on our web site. It’s been great working with you and I wish you and all who work in the orchestral and session profession the very best for the future.