COVID-19 Shutdown: Important Info & Links for Music Makers


The live music industry is currently deeply impacted by the Coronavirus crisis as public gatherings are currently prohibited. Artists, clubs and festivals are among the hardest hit and we must stay at home and stream. We don’t know when things will go back to “normal” and what the industry will look like then. But one thing is clear: it will continue. No live music is not an option!

Use the your free time now, get informed and empowered! What do music makers need to know under such exceptional circumstances and how is gigmit helping you through the crisis?Here you will find a useful link collection on the COVID-19 situation for music makers.

With the community feedback you can tell us what’s in your mind and we should share with the live community. (last update: 02 April 2020)

What Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Mean for Live Music?

  • “Coronavirus Will Bankrupt More People Than It Kills – And That’s the Real Global Emergency” (INDEPENDENT, 11 March 2020)
  • “How Coronavirus Could Impact the Music Scene (And Your Festival Plans) This Summer” (NME, 11 March 2020)
  • “We Asked 23 UK Music Festivals If They’re Going Ahead Despite Coronavirus” (VICE, 12 March 2020)
  • “Which Festivals Will Take Place?” (gigmit, updated)
  • COVID-19 Advice for Venues” (Music Venue Trust)
  • Live Music Intelligence Magazine IQ does a great job with a lot of international news and features on the COVID-19 topic (IQ, updated)

Good General Information

  • “Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, And How to „Flatten the Curve” (The Washington Post, 14 March 2020)
  • “Why You Must Act Now (Medium, 10 March 2020)

Help for Cultural Workers

  • Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility” (on the move, 24 March 2020)
  • “Industry Orgs Urge Gov Support In Face of COVID-19″ (IQ, updating)
  • Ticketing Firms Launch Range of Initiatives to Support Industry” (Ticketing Business News, 19 March 2020)
  • “Emergency Coronavirus Fund for Songwriters Worth Up To $43M Launched by GEMA In Germany” (Music Busines Worldwide, 23 March 2020)
  • “‘We Need Help Now’: Calls For Support for Freelancers” (IQ, 20 March 2020)
  • “UK Music Calls for ‘Urgent Clarity‘ On the Impact of Coronavirus On Music Events” (UK Music, 16 March 2020)
  • Advice And Latest News On Coronavirus for Musicians” (Musicians Union UK, updating)
  • Bandcamp waives their own contribution for 24 hours on 20.03.2020. Support artists and labels directly…
  • Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) adopts crisis plan calling for urgent action across Europe

IMPALA 10-point COVIC-19 crisis plan

  • #VirtualPint Initiative Launches To Aid Vulnerable Venues” (Festival Insights, 24.03.20)


How To Go On?

  • The Show Goes On(Line): Concerts Get Creative Amid Global Shutdown” (IQ, 18 March 2020)
  • #UnitedWeStream: every-day livestream from Berlin Clubs on donation (CLUBCOMMISSION)
  • “Live Streaming On the Rise As Bandsintown Launches Watch Live Feature” (Ticketing Business News, 20 March 2020)
  • #StayON: a similar Italian initiative (KeepOn, 16 March 2020)
  • Quarantine Show Series (e.g. Igor Levit and DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV)

  • “Why Fan Engagement Is Now More Important Than Ever” (IQ, 19 March 2020)
  • “AGI’s Nick Storch: On Rescheduling Tours And Staying Positive” (Pollstar, 18 March 2020)
  • “Indie Venues Fight Back Against Coronavirus” (IQ, 19 March 2020)
  • “How the Coronavirus Is Pushing Chinese Concerts Online” (The Verge, 17 February 2020)
  • “Korean Musical Theatre Triumphs Despide COVID-19″ (IQ, 18 March 2o20)
  • “Venues Open Doors As Demand for Hospital Beds Grows” (IQ, 24 March 2020)
  • “A Long Road To Recovery: Promoters In Asia Talk Covid-19″ (IQ, 24 March 2020)
  • “Is It Smart To Release Music During The Coronavirus Quarantine?” (Hypebot, 23 March 2020)

How gigmit Helps You Now

COVID-19 Community Feedback

To share knowledge, tips and experiences from the community, we have set up a contact point here. Tell us what will help live music during the Corona crisis! #powerofaconnectedcommunity


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