"A true friend can be recognized in uncertainty." What Cicero already knew is proving to be more relevant than ever in the current crisis. I believe we are all called upon to help people in need, to build bridges between fellow citizens, social groups and countries, and to strengthen cohesion and understanding between peoples. The latter in particular is proving to be important at a time when the international search for scapegoats for the crisis is on and the debate on de-globalization is intensifying. We are only strong together; as a community based on solidarity, we have a good chance of at least cushioning the effects of the corona pandemic on the global economy and overcoming the current crisis.
We don’t just want to talk to you about this kind of corporate citizenship (for example, during a DJW roundtable on May 22, 2020), we also want to take action. Through our platform and network of potential sponsors and "art consumers", we want to offer artists from Japan and Germany the chance to perform again in front of an audience – even if only in virtual space. For this purpose, we have launched the initiative "Members for Members Art Edition", combined with an appeal to financially support performances by artists of your choice. Please visit our website for details.
And what art genre could be better suited to build bridges across all language barriers than music? This is why I want to set a good example and support the Japanese violinist Lina Matsuda through Metzler Bank. Please follow her approximately 30-minute live performance on June 3, 2020 from your own monitors.
I hope I have aroused your curiosity about our new "art campaign" and that generosity will ensue!