The Creative Economy shifts to virtual programming during the time of Corona.
The hits to the creative economy and the International Creative Calendar keep growing during the spread of the Coronavirus.
Close to my Cincinnati base, the indie rock band The National confirms the cancellation of the Homecoming music festival. Originally scheduled for May 8 and 9 on Cincinnati’s riverfront, the National plans to restage the festival in 2021.
In addition to large-scale music festivals, local music venues from neighborhood Jazz clubs to live-music chains like Tin Roof are shuttering due to the spread of COVID-19.
The online conversations between music fans and artists focus on the timeline for safe returns to performance venues. Until then, fans can live-stream artists from Billy Joel to Charlie XCX on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, and YouTube. Music streaming services Tidal is programming performances.
SiriusXM is offering free access to new and music programming through May 15.
A Colors Stream delivers a daily home-recording session on YouTube.
The Metropolitan Opera is hosting Nightly Met Opera Streams from its website.
After Corona, as communities and organizations debate when is a safe time to welcome large audiences to gather together, virtual content will continue to play a significant role in arts programming. What we are experiencing during Corona is the steady build of new cultural frameworks and practices. One goal is to begin building virtual revenue streams to replace lost revenue from ticket sales. Until then, there are online projects to help artists raise funds.
Spotify announces the Music Relief Project to help artists raise funds. Spotify joins the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and MusiCares to support artists.
Los Angeles-based radio station KCRW reminds music fans that they also help artists by continuing to do things that they did before Corona.
Amplify the voices of artists. Encourage directors of arts organizations to access relief funds like the Coronavirus aid bill.
We do not want to lose one performance group or arts organization to the financial fallout from the Coronavirus.
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