UPDATED April 6, 5:22 p.m. ET: In a new report by Variety, Lucian Grainge sent a company-wide note today that said he was on his way to a full recovery. You can read it below.
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 percent 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.
See original story from 03/15/2020 below.
Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, Variety reports.
Sources claim that Grainge is currently being treated for the illness at Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center. News of Grainge contracting the virus comes after it was reported that Universal Music Group's headquarters in Santa Monica, California were evacuated Friday. The offices were closed because a then unidentified employee had tested positive for the virus.
"Previously, we have committed that if there were to be a confirmed case of coronavirus infection in any of our offices, we would immediately close that location. We have just been informed that there is a confirmed case of infection in an employee based in our 2220 Colorado Avenue offices," a memo obtained by Variety reads. "Accordingly and out of an abundance of caution, we are immediately closing all of our Santa Monica offices, and all Santa Monica staff are required to work from home until further notice."
Almost all of UMG's affiliated and companies are housed in this building.
A spokesperson for UMG was not available to comment on Grainge's situation. Yet, his illness has sent a shockwave through the entertainment industry. On Feb. 29, Grainge celebrated his 60th birthday in Palm Springs. A host of power players attended Grainge's party and were in close contact with the executive. This reportedly included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue, music manager Irving Azoff, and more.