Win Billy Bragg’s 1969 Gibson 335 Guitar – a Music crowdfunding project in United Kingdom by Billy Bragg

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To enter this prize draw you must select one of the entry reward options on this page. You can also make a donation without entering the prize draw using the donation only tab toward the top of this page. You can also enter the competition for free by post. See terms and conditions below.

Stage Crew Need Our Support

Billy Bragg is raising money for stage crew charity Stagehand’s #ILoveLive campaign, which is providing financial help for all UK stage crew who are in the greatest need. Stage crew seem to be the forgotten ones in the current pandemic. They’re the unsung heroes of the live entertainment world. Without them shows just couldn’t happen.

The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for the whole music industry but particularly for the stage techs, sound engineers, guitar techs, keyboard techs, drum techs, stage managers, production managers, tour managers and other live support personnel who make shows possible.

With no shows since March 2020, crew’s income has been slashed with many finding that they are ineligible for any kind of government financial aid. Many are in desperate need and most are sitting with mental health issues.

Let’s help raise some money to support them this winter. It could literally save lives.

The Prize Draw

Billy Bragg has donated his 1969 Gibson 335 guitar to this prize draw fundraising campaign. 

To be in with a chance of winning the guitar we are holding a prize draw with each entry costing £5. You can enter multiple times. 

Entries can be purchased between Wednesday 17 February 2021 and Wednesday 17 March 2021. The winner will be notified by Wednesday 24 March via email. 

What’s the Prize?

I bought this lovely cherry red 335 in the US and used it extensively in the early 1990s, both on recordings and live.

It features on the rockier songs of my album ‘Don’t Try This At Home’ such as ‘Cindy of a Thousand Lives’, ‘Accident Waiting to Happen’ and ‘Body of Water’. It came to Dublin for the ‘Mermaid Avenue’ sessions and it’s the guitar that I’m playing in the video for my hit single ‘Sexuality’Billy Bragg

This beautiful instrument, serial number 813503, was built in 1969.

Here’s a video of Billy using the guitar live:

1605713532_ilovelive-project_page_template.jpgHow do I enter the Prize Draw?

Stagehand and The PSA

Founded in 1996, the PSA is the trade association for individuals and businesses providing technical production services to live events. A member funded, member focussed, organisation, the PSA membership consists of around 2000 self employed technicians and 300 memberships in technical supply businesses.

Stagehand is the public facing name of the PSA Welfare and Benevolent Fund; a registered charity launched over 2 decades ago with the aim of raising and distributing funds for members, former members and their families who fall on hard times through illness or injury. More recently, the trustees launched a ring-fenced fund to subsidise Mental Health First Aid training for self employed members, as part of our mission to improve our sector’s approach to mental health.

The Stagehand Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund

The crisis in our sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the focus to those unable to work due to the current crisis. Live production workers and businesses were amongst the first to be affected, it is now clear that many live production crews are reaching a critical point with basic living expenses outstripping income. This applies across the board, from those people that earn a living building and operating shows at grassroots level to those that work with the largest stadium artists.

Extensions to the Job Retention Scheme have come too late for many companies; they were forced to make redundancies in the summer. 20% of self employed workers fell through the cracks in support; these are the people we intend to support through this fund.

Where is the money going?

Our immediate plan is to help the crew in most need, those who are close to losing the roof over their head, or those that are struggling to put food on the table. Grants will be considered to any UK crew worker who is working in the live music sector. They do not have to be PSA members.

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