Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the government order to cancel or reschedule events gathering 100 + people, the number of gigs, theatre performances and festivals ceased has reached an all-time high.
No doubt, this decision was made with good reason, as government, venues, and artists themselves agree that the safety and health of fans and all affiliated workers is of the utmost importance.
With good news surrounding action to minimize the spread, the bad news settles in for many. The primary source of income for some has come to a halt for the time being. Artists touring, selling merch, hiring of videographers and photographers, event managers, audio technicians, promoters, the lot.
I Lost My Gig
have reported that the music industry has lost $300 Million of income with 274,000 gigs cancelled, impacting 599,000 jobs nationwide as of March 21.
Even though these feel like hopeless times, there are things that you can do to help local artists out, big or small, everything counts:
Stream Local Music on Repeat
Practicing social distancing or self-isolating doesn’t mean you can’t have a banging party for 1, even though each stream is worth mere cents, the more the merrier in the long run. If you’re old school and still rely on iTunes, go ahead and purchase artists and bands singles, EP’s and albums. Don’t forget to rate and review.
Stock up on Merch
Toilet paper and pasta might be flying off the shelf, but artists have still got a bunch of merch to sell even if they can’t sell it directly to you at gigs. Visit artists Bandcamp
pages to get access to merch and music, getting your money immediately to them. If you’ve already got enough band merch, head over to their photographer pages and buy their prints.
Engage with Artists in your Downtime
Hit up artists social media pages, watch their YouTube content, those music videos and vlogs that they love to serve you. Show them all the love you can and share artists content on your own socials.
Join the Instagram trend kickstarted by Aussie Artists. Triple J Unearthed musicians are recording covers of other Aussie Acts and sharing online using the hashtag #covered19
With the bushfires and floods that have impacted Australia in recent months, you’ve probably been asked to donate to some charity. If you’ve got the means and the change, head to Support Act
and donate to the Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. This money will go towards supporting music workers impacted by the pandemic.
Get in Contact with Organizations
Organizations like I Lost My Gig
are inviting people to get in contact with them if they’d like to help or get involved with assisting in supporting local music and hospitality industries
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in their contact form
If you have been affected by the cancellation and postponement of events, I Lost My Gig want to know. Fill in their online form
and tell your story.
If you, or someone close to you is struggling with their mental health during this time, JMC Academy encourages you to speak up and seek help from the following resources:
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