However, when some musicians fall on hard times, especially illness, it can be tough as their earnings are dependent on their ability to perform.
Many of them also have limited savings or insurance coverage as their wages are put back into the music.
With this in mind, Persatuan Pemuzik Tempatan Selangor (PPTS) is organising what could probably be called the “mother of all” concerts next weekend.
The Musicians for Musicians Malaysia (M4MM) benefit concert is touted as the biggest reunion of Malaysia’s top musicians from the 1970s and 1980s and a quick look at the line-up is testament to this with 30 acts and 160 musicians taking the stage over 10 hours, from 2pm to midnight, on March 15.
In previous reports, PPTS president and M4MM organising chairman Francis Danker had said that the concert was part of PPTS’ efforts to help performers, especially those in clubs, hotels and pubs, “live an independent life, enjoy a decent standard of living and help them sustain their creative lives”.
PPTS, a not-for-profit organisation, hopes to raise RM500,000 through the event to help further its cause.
The line-up includes a who’s who of the local scene ranging from soloists and duos, including Frankie Tan, David Arumugam, Leonard Tan, Zack & Liya and Roy & Fran to full bands that are the stuff of legends such as Os Pombos, the Falcons, Heavy Machine, Strollers, and Blues Gang.
Even the emcees for the nights will be familiar voices, if not faces, as they are veterans in the broadcast industry, having taken to the airwaves all those years ago. These emcees are Radha Krishnan, Yasmin Yusuff, Neubert Ambrose, Nigel Green and Simon D’Cruz.
For a full line-up, and more information on the concert, look for “Musicians for Musicians Malaysia” on Facebook and Instagram.
Fans who might be worried about the Covid-19 outbreak should rest assured as the organisers are taking every effort to ensure the safety of guests and performers at the event.
Security personnel will be stationed at all entrances to measure the temperature of anyone entering and those with fever or symptoms of coughing and sneezing will be referred to a doctor for further action.
Hand sanitisers will be placed at all entrances and restrooms, and sinks with soap and tissues will also be made available.
In the unlikely event someone should fall ill during the event, he or she will be isolated in the medical room and medical staff will be standing by.
Having said that, the organisers do encourage those who are already sick to stay home and rest.
Tickets are still available and priced at RM100 for individuals and are available at www.airasiaredtix.com. Those interested can also call Edwin (012-209 8849) or Raj (019-229 7156) for more information. The concert will be held at the MIECC Mines Convention Centre in Seri Kembangan.
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