ARTISTS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 – Helen Marcou, Bakehouse Studios
“The music industry is the canary in the coal mine,” says Helen Marcou of Bakehouse Studios in Richmond. The Greek-Aussie go-getter runs the multi-purpose arts space with her rock’n’roll rock, Quincy McLean.
Each week, an average 400 musicians and performers come through the doors, pass the verdant, plant-filled courtyard and into the rehearsal rooms. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Beck swear by the space and Paul Kelly’s favourite room for writing songs is The Scrap Museum.
“Mid-March we saw a spate of cancellations including a big one for Dark Mofo,” Marcou says. “We’re wholly dependent on artists and musicians having a livelihood. If you have one person in a band who lives with an elderly family member or is compromised, that wipes out the whole band.”