Friday, March 5, 2021

You Have to Save Yourselves


Music venues around the world are struggling because of COVID-19. We are on the cusp of getting through this but we need to hang on and get everyone vaccinated. That means that we must be ready to support small business, continue to wear masks and keep ourselves socially distant.  This is true in America and Britain and everywhere else. 

Here, in the States, we have initiatives that are working through Congress that will push vaccinations and support the small businesses that are struggling. That's the proper role of government. In Britain, the government has said eh, fuck it to playing a proper role and they're going to let the music industry dry up and evaporate because the Tories don't give a shit.

Liam Gallagher is doing what he can, but he can't save everyone:

Liam Gallagher has teamed up with Glasgow venue The Priory to help it raise vital venue-saving funds.

The former Oasis frontman has donated a number of items to a special prize draw, which is aiming to raise money to help ensure the survival of the influential Scottish venue which has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Before anyone says, it's the least he could do because he's rich, remember that nobody is making any money right now except for the vinyl records they sell and the eight bucks you get a year from now after Spotify plays your song a billion times. 

It should not be left to artists to save the venues but that's where we are. It should be a change in government policy and a grant of assistance that takes care of all the venues and businesses as well as reforms that make it so that Brexit doesn't bankrupt working musicians. 

I guess, at some point, everyone will have to leave the British Isles and relocate to America if they want to play live. That certainly seems like a possibility. Each and every artist now has to figure out how to save themselves. How did we get into this mess?

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