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The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Live Music Industries

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The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Live Music Industries: A Sample of Academic Projects Taking Place Across Europe

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IASPM UK Hosted Online Event: March 17th 1600-1800 UK Time

The social and cultural value of live music is widely accepted in musical territories around the world, bringing not only enjoyment and meaning to our lives, but also promoting regional and national cultures and identities. Going to see live music also of course generates significant income for cities and nations more broadly. For example, in the UK, according to a recent UK Music Report (2020), the UK live music industries were reported as generating £1.3 billion to the UK economy. However, as with the vast majority of musical territories around the world, all of this changed with the emergence of Covid-19 in March 2020, with the UK live music group reporting in May 2020 that as much as £900 million could be wiped out of future live music income—a forecast that does not seem unrealistic. Similar bleak scenarios are predicted throughout Europe, with a recent report from Live DMA outlining audience restrictions and limited support from governments as one of the primary reasons (Live DMA 2020). Within this constantly emerging context, this seminar outlines a sample of some of the academic work that has been taking place both regionally and nationally across Europe since the pandemic emerged, investigating factors such as specific national and local government policies; economic and social impacts of the pandemic on specific sub-sectors; the effectiveness of ‘virtual performances’; impacts of local music ecologies and the sustainability of the sector post-covid. Featuring academics based in the nations of Wales, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany and England, the seminar provides a snapshot of the work that has taken place thus far, investigating commonalities and providing a forum for sharing good practice.

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4.00 – 4.10 Introduction: Paul Carr

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4.10 – 4.25: Playing In: Exploring the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown on music makers across the Liverpool City Region. Mathew Flynn and Richard Anderson (The University of Liverpool)

4.25–4.40: Birmingham and the (international) business of live music in times of Covid19

Adam Behr (Newcastle University), Craig Hamilton (Birmingham City University), Patrycja Rozbicka (Aston University)

4.40–4.55: “To be announced – how long can German live music venues survive the lockdown?”: Exploring the Economic Impact of Covid-19 on live music venues in Germany. Niklas Blömeke (Paderborn University), Katharina Huseljić Heinrich-Heine-University), Johannes Krause (Heinrich-Heine-University), Heiko Rühl (German Live Music Survey), Jan Üblacker (EBZ Business School).

4.55–5.10: Questions

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5.10–5.25: The Welsh Music Industries in a Post Covid World: Reflections on a Report Written for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee. Paul Carr (University of South Wales)

5.25–5.40: Music Missionaries: The Dutch live music sector’s responses to the pandemic. Martijn Mulder (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

5.40–5.55: The Effects of Covid-19 on Norwegian Sound and Lightening Engineers: a look behind the scene. Daniel Nordgård (University of Adger)

5.55–6.10: Questions and Closing Comments

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