Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, musicians have had to get creative with the way they play and record music. One Philadelphia-based band even brought their instruments and equipment up to the roof of a local music venue to play for a crowd below. For many, this was the first live performance they had seen in a while, providing a welcome change from the isolation associated with the pandemic.
The entire music industry has been at a standstill since all major venues were shuttered to prevent the spread of the virus. Many of them have closed their doors for good, and lots more face the looming threat of bankruptcy in lieu of federal legislation that grants them financial assistance.
If too many venues close, this would negatively impact artists who have scheduled tours at the end of the pandemic, as well as those who make most of their profit through live performances. One of the many solutions that have been invented is the creation of drive in concerts, where attendees can purchase tickets online and watch the artists from the comfort of their car. Some artists have even performed in grocery store parking lots.
The City Winery in Nashville, Tennessee, is attempting to host coronavirus protocol compliant performances by touting strictly enforced social distancing measures, temperature checks, and health questionnaires for guests upon their arrival at the venue. To keep the crowds to a minimum, people are spread out throughout the venue and asked to pre-order food and drinks at their reserved table, which is situated 8 feet apart from other tables. However, the financial loss from these types of shows is hard to ignore. These events garner lower profits, meaning there is less money available to pay everyone involved in putting such events on.
The state of the pandemic is constantly changing, so music industry workers need to watch vigilantly for updates and plan accordingly. However, the uncertainty of the situation makes it difficult for individuals to plan and adapt. Even if a venue has a performance scheduled, something could change the next day that prompts cancellation. There have been many suggestions on how to help music venues rebound, including starting a Patreon-like crowdfunding site.
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