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A MESSAGE FROM
SIR LUCIAN

On Monday, Sir Lucian Grainge issued a memo to his UMG troops noting that he was "at home and recuperating...[and] on my way to a full recovery." You can read the entire piece below. We're sure we speak for everyone in our circle in celebrating this glad news and welcoming him home.

Dear Colleagues: 

I do hope each and every one of you and your loved ones is safe and doing as well as can be in these difficult times. 

I apologize for not having written earlier, but I know only too well how difficult these times can be, for you see, I contracted COVID-19 and was one of the 20% whose symptoms were severe. 

Today, I am at home and recuperating. Thanks to those on the front line of this crisis—the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers whose dedication and skill brought me back to health—I am on my way to a full recovery. I will never be able to thank them enough.  And the first responders and all the other essential workers putting their lives on the line out there for all of us—they are heroes, justly entitled to our deepest respect and gratitude. 

Take it from someone who’s been there: this thing is not just some bad flu. It's as serious as it gets. As serious for the young and strong as it is for the old and infirm.  Wherever you are in the world, take this pandemic as seriously as it deserves to be taken. Listen to and obey the guidance of your public health authorities. You will be doing it not merely for yourself, but for your families and—as we all know by now—for literally everyone in the world.  

Let me close by thanking you as well. Without exaggeration, you are the greatest team the music world has ever brought together. Your amazing work—from home nonetheless!—during these past weeks only goes to prove it. I’m so proud of how your support for our artists and songwriters has not faltered, remaining as creative and devoted as it’s ever been, even as you’ve found the energy and time to lend helping hands to our COVID-19 response effort. You are remarkable. 

Please take good care. If you need some special help the company might be able to provide, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Human Resources representative. 

Remember: One day this will all be behind us. And I hope that day comes soon, because, honestly, I can’t wait until we’re all back in the office together. In the meantime, I’ll see you on Zoom.  

Stay safe, 

Lucian 

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