Choura Events, based in Southern California provides tents and staging facilities for tens of thousands of attendees at music, sport and dining events across the US. However in the course of a month, what had been a profitable market for live events, has totally collapsed due to the pandemic.
“Live Nation and AEG closed down their entire festival and concert schedule, along with all major sports leagues playing now. His 200 employees were suddenly without any work, and it was difficult to see when anybody would be gathering in public in the near future.”
Despite the chaos, Choura saw a sudden urgency for very specific services his firm could provide. Hospitals and local governments were in dire need of temporary facilities to treat COVID-19 patients.
Promoter Dave Poe of New York-based Patchwork Presents, and Jessica Gordon from Broadberry Entertainment Group in Richmond, Virginia, have come together to form the Independent Promoter Alliance in light of COVID-19 and its dire effects on the live music industry
“At the end of the day, Jessica and I wanted to organize something so it gives people a place to go,” Poe tells Billboard. “It is really for the promoters and talent buyers and venue owners who don’t talk to other entities and are doing it on their own. Maybe it will help them just a little bit to hear other people who are all in the same boat and what everyone is doing to weather the storm, because it is going to be rough.”Read the full article in Billboard
Independent promoters, venue owners and talent buyers can register for the group here with more information to come.
In online publication Talkhouse, – an outlet for musicians, actors, filmmakers- artist John Colpitts talks to musicians from China, Italy, and South Korea about life in lockdown, the unique scenarios they’ve lived through, and what their experiences might have to teach us a few weeks later.
An interesting point to consider comes from South Korea, who up until Sunday March 22, had no official shut down of live performances or gatherings. The audiences decreased but the performers were still paid their fees. This is because the South Korean health institute was extremely thorough with testing and the digital tracking of the disease.
“The South Korean music economy was able to walk this razor’s edge between closure and partial openness through heavily investing in data and tracking. ”John Colpitts, Talkhouse
Hospitality workers impacted by the unfolding Covid-19 crisis based in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. , have had meal vouchers worth $25 offered to feed workers during tough times, whilst keeping takeaway businesses operating .
Four thousand vouchers are available courtesy of Pernod Richard (who make wines and spirits for brands such as Absolute Vodka, Jameson Whiskey and Jacobs Creek), will be made available via Deliveroo.
The offer applies to anyone who works in hospitality, from bar workers, chefs, kitchen hands, sommeliers and front-of-house to sales reps.
Visit TimeOut for the full article and more info on how to sign up.
Backed by artists such as Floating Points, ColdCut, Erased Tapes, Eglo and Jazz Re:freshed, the campaign aims to save independent record stores that have temporarily closed, by shining a light on a a different store each day on social media.
Check #recordstoreoftheday on instagram to stay updated and to celebrate your favourite or local music community.
The Vilnius Night Alliance has proposed a rescue plan, known as the “Night Fund”, it has been delivered to the Mayor’s desk and is currently under consideration.
Rūta Meškauskaitė, Executive Director of the Vilnius Night Alliance, stresses the importance of small, independent, private venues in the fabric of Vilnius culture.
“This constellation of small venues provides homes for all genres and disciplines. These cultural institutions are the guardians of creative variety, allowing a wide range of the city’s upcoming artists to experiment, learn and grow as they perform.”
– Ruta Meškauskaitė, Executive Director, Vilnius Night Alliance
The former Night Mayor of Amsterdam Mirik Milan, one of the consultants from VibeLab who took part in the Vilnius night economy study, has also backed the Night Fund plan, stating that
“Culture spaces urgently need access to financial solutions to fill the gap left by the shutdown. The state must step in and guarantee small business loans to save these essential places and keep the city’s culture alive.”
– Mirik Milan, former Night Mayor of Amsterdam and founder of VibeLab
James Cattermole, label manager of UK-based Absolute, writes about the urgency for artists to keep going during this difficult period.
Founded in 1998, independent label services company Absolute has worked on high profile album releases from artists and labels including Steps, All Saints, Jake Shears, Kim Wilde, Alice Cooper, 67, Dappy, Ay Em, RAM Records, Danny Jones, Ferris & Sylvester and many more.
“We are experiencing an unprecedented moment in history right now. The last few weeks have seen Covid-19 affect our daily lives, bringing huge uncertainty and numerous challenges for everyone in the music industry.”
Label manager suggests working on social media presence, new releases, going live, bookkeeping, heath-checks and admin and last but not least, staying inside and staying healthy.
Research states that more people are turning to Radio to entertain themselves during the course of the crisis.
Global, which owns Capital FM and talk station LBC, said online radio listening had risen by 15%.The BBC said streaming of its radio stations had risen 18% since last week. Meanwhile, data from two US analytics companies suggested use of music-streaming apps such as Spotify had dipped by about 8%
Perhaps a familiar radio voice, background noise, or the illusion on company whilst in self isolation, is more comforting than focusing on selecting and streaming content whilst alone at home.
Read the full BBC article: Coronavirus: Radio listening booms while music streaming stalls
IMPALA is a European non profit organisation, with a mission to grow the independent music sector and to improve political access and modernise perceptions of the music sector.
Impala has put together a package of ten recommendations seeking urgent action at EU, national and sector level. The aim is to try and secure a coordinated approach across Europe to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the independent music sector.
IMPALA’s 10-point COVID-19 crisis plan
Key pillars of action
Coordination – This will ensure a cohesive approach across Europe and avoid excessive burdens on smaller actors having to negotiate different situations in each country.
National plans – Each country needs a comprehensive economic response, especially for smaller actors. This is the key to navigating the crisis.
EU measures – EU action is essential to complement national plans and boost Europe’s economic recovery. This will promote added value and EU leadership.
Sector initiatives – Light and agile sector action will provide concrete help where it is most needed. This will inspire solidarity and boost recovery.
Mapping – A review will be ongoing to help map action at EU, national and sector level, as well as assess expected losses. This will promote best practices and a faster response.
Read their full proposal here:
Clubs like Nowadays, House of Yes Club Cumming, the Woods and Marie’s Crisis the beloved piano bar in Greenwich Village, are live-streaming D.J sets and singalongs from various locations including artists homes.
However, the reality behind this creative ingenuity is that the majority of the cities night time economy will be without a steady stream of income for the foreseeable future.
Last week, the New York City Office of Nightlife posted an online survey for nightlife workers to assess the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic. It has received more than 10,000 responses (the survey closes on March 27).