As the saying goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Lost work in the freelance and event world can be more difficult to quantify than “9-to-5” work and income—and data is essential in this moment. The nascent ILostMyGig movement aims to address this, putting numbers to the work and income lost to coronavirus event cancellations— enabling policymakers to better respond to the needs of freelance, event, arts, and nightlife communities.
As of March 17, I Lost My Gig Australia tallies 380,000 people impacted by 65,000 cancelled events, totalling $100M in lost income.
Similarly, other cities’ nighttime commissions are using their own platforms to gather data on clubs’ and workers’ lost revenue, like New York (MOME), Berlin (Clubcommission, in German, open through 18 Mar), and Vilnius (Vilnius Night Alliance, in Lithuanian).
Other scenes running an ILostMyGig database not listed here? Send it our way: firstname.lastname@example.org .