Insurer Allianz music insurance launched a website that aims to help musicians find their lost instruments.
The new website MissingInstruments.com will allow musicians across the UK to record lost, stolen and found instruments online for free.
The website is launched as new research from Allianz sheds light on the emotional benefits of playing music, as research finds adults turn to their instruments when they need a pick-me-up.
A survey of 1,000 people who play a musical instrument found that a quarter experience a sense of escape when playing. Some 66% of musicians say that playing improves their mood and relaxes them.
The data also showed that three in 10 musicians instantly felt more positive when picking up their instrument, while a further 22% noted that they handle injury or illness better when they are able to play.
The emotional benefits of playing an instrument are obvious: indeed, we have already pointed out why playing an instrument can improve your mood. Sadly, however, the survey also revealed that 24% of musicians have had their instruments stolen, with many of them severely emotionally affected by the loss. Nearly four in 10 said the loss of their instrument had devastated them.
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Many musicians have been separated from their instruments over the years, and many of them have made music history. Famous, Paul McCartney had his Hofner Violin bass stolen in 1969 during the sessions of the Beatles songs “Get Back” and “Let it Be”. Eric Clapton was also a victim in 1966, when his Gibson Les Paul guitar was stolen. In 2016, a famous Les Paul collector made headlines claiming he knew where the guitar was, but it hasn’t been found.
Nicole Boyesen, co-principal double bass of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, has lost it bass on a train more than four decades ago – and was never reunited with him. “As a professional musician, losing your instrument is heartbreaking. While on a tour of Europe many years ago, my double bass disappeared on a train from Paris to Pisa – and 42 years later, it never still not found!
“Having a place to register my instrument as missing all those years ago, allowing me to alert the music community and increase my chances of finding my double bass, would have been invaluable.”
Sandeep Jassi, Head of Claims Team at Allianz Musical Insurance, said: “Playing a musical instrument has many benefits, one of which is mood boosting. They provide a sense of escape that’s hard to find elsewhere, so it’s no wonder people are turning to instruments of relaxation and happiness.
“It’s clear how much instruments can mean to their owners, so it’s really sad to see the impact they can have when stolen. We understand that not only are instruments an invaluable tool of the trade for a professional musician, they also often hold tremendous personal and sentimental value – which is why we are committed to reuniting as many musicians as possible with their well-lost instruments. loved.
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You can register a lost, stolen or found instrument on MissingInstruments.com free of charge: you do not need to be insured by Allianz.