Ableton has announced that this year’s Loop Summit is being postponed until April 2021 because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Loop is a periodic ‘summit for music makers’ that offers three days of talks, performances and workshops. The event was scheduled to return to Berlin April 24-26, 2020.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can be easily spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, that was first identified in Wuhan, China. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”. Yesterday, they declared it a pandemic – an epidemic that has spread globally.
Here is Ableton’s statement on postponing this year’s Loop Summit:
Covid-19: Loop Summit for Music Makers postponed until April 2021
We have taken the decision to postpone the Loop Summit until April 2021.
The health and safety of our attendees is our concern above all else. The Berlin Health Administration has already announced a ban on large-scale events until mid-April 2020. Given the international nature of our event, we are not confident that we can ensure well-being to a level that is acceptable for us to deliver Loop in six weeks’ time. We are deeply saddened to be forced to take this step but consider it essential in the face of the ongoing viral outbreak, and the guidance we have received from authorities.
Alongside health considerations, we’re mindful of travel restrictions/cancellations as the situation develops globally. We cannot accept a Loop that is any less than what you expect from us, and we do not want to push forward at the expense of those who cannot make it through no fault of their own.
We sincerely hope that all those who planned to attend Loop can reschedule plans to join us in 2021. We’re fixing dates with our venues, and have begun a dialog with all of our partners, artists and speakers, all of whom we hope to rebook.
We’ve developed a wonderful program that we’re proud of and our aim is to deliver in April 2021 the same Loop that we’ve been devoted to for the last 18 months.
Though it cannot relieve the inconvenience this will no doubt cause many of you, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported Loop – ticket holders, all those we’ve booked and their representatives. We humbly ask for patience as we manage the transition to a new date, and support the needs of all those affected by this change.
See the Ableton site for details.