Sunday, March 15, 2020

Go Out and Pay For Some Music if You Can

This is important to remember. Everyone around you, all of the things you depend on and enjoy, are under massive stress right now. If you can, please go out and buy some music to help your favorite musicians navigate the closures that are cutting off their income at this critical time:
Amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19 – and an increasing number of restrictions around large gatherings around the world – the music industry is suffering. Last week saw the cancellation of SXSW, in Austin, Texas – a devastating blow for new artists trying to make their mark in the US. Soon after came the postponement of Coachella – and today Record Store Day has also been postponed. Meanwhile, a huge number of artists are pulling imminent tour dates due to public health.
BTS, Madonna, Bombay Bicycle Club, Billie Eilish, and Tool are among the many acts who have been forced to cancel or postpone tour dates. Here’s a definitive list of the affected shows so far. Indie musicians and DIY acts are being particularly hit hard by the pandemic: many rely on touring – and merch stand takings along the way – as a major source of income. During a difficult time for music, we asked some artists how fans can help them out.
If fans want to help out artists affected by cancelled tour dates “they should buy merch and records directly, from artists’ websites, or sites like Bandcamp” says Brooke Bentham. The London-based musician has been forced to cancel a handful of European live dates in support of debut album ‘Everyday Nothing’. “Often, that money goes directly into the pockets of musicians.”
Now, I want to caution some people that there are scams out there. Music services have imploded in the last few years. The best thing to do is go to a musician's personal website and see if they are selling merchandise under their own control. Or if they are linked to a reputable service that handles their sales.

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