by ROB COTTMAN
I started this blog to showcase all the creative and talented individuals that I have the opportunity to work with daily who are constantly stepping up their game to excel their respective crafts. Both the music and hospitality industries require a level of dedication and patience that attracts very dynamic people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. I am in the very fortunate position of working alongside such a team every day, and I am humbled to be in a leadership position in our independent organization. At World Cafe Live we have over 80 people in our work family, and as we always say – once you’re WCL family, you are WCL family for life.
As of today, it’s been over week since I’ve seen my team, and the challenge of shutting down operations so suddenly has been intense. We work in industries that rely on public gathering, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our operations in ways I had not previously anticipated. The health and wellbeing of our team and our guests have always been a priority for us, so we recognize the importance of being temporarily shut down and are in this together to do our part. However, the direct impact is it having on our staff is devastating. When we realized how suddenly their funds would be cut off, we started an online campaign to help them, and I was blown away by the outpouring of immediate support. It takes a lot of hard work to do what we do day in and day out, and to see that hard work being recognized by a wide array of guests during a chaotic time really hit me. Thank you to every single person that has donated to the campaign. We are all very excited to reopen our doors as soon as it’s responsibly possible and welcome you all back for a great WCL experience.