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    The impact on the music industry here (Australia) is starting to take hold. Iím just a small player but so far for me I have had 2 well paying live sound gigs cancelled in the last 2 days. I play in several bands and so far lost 1 gig with more to follow I am sure. My saint Patrickís day gig on Tuesday May or may not go ahead. One of the guys I play with in my acoustic duo project does not want to book any gigs as he is worried about health problems (he is now 70years old but looks much younger), so these future gigs are out. I suspect all gigs will be shut down shortly.

    I was made redundant from my day job last year but have been enjoying my full time music / sound engineer life since, however I donít get any paid time off and can see myself being locked up at home with no income. The studio may not be hit as bad but the studio is the least income for me anyway, however I suspect people wonít book as they will have no income.

    How are you effected or have you not thought about it? By the way I believe everyone will catch this virus anyway just like flu and colds so keep healthy.

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    The virus outbreak is shutting down all kinds of stuff. The KY Center for the Arts has closed for 30 days. Tommy Emmanuel was scheduled for tomorrow night and has been postponed until July. Black Label Society, the opera and orchestra programs have been postponed or cancelled. Other local music venues are shutting down. All sporting events are cancelled. Even churches are cancelling services. Local school districts are going "online", closing for 3 weeks.

    Its all about containment here in the US.

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    I have an upcoming gig next saturday. So far, not cancelled. It will be interesting to see how many people show up.

    I think I might advertise for free toilet paper. That'll get the crowds coming.

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    Went to a pub gig tonight. I was told that the pub is normally full but tonight it was half empty.
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    My band's and my wife's gigs both shut down this weekend.
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    Well the st Patrickís day gig got cancelled as 2 band members freaked out and would not do it, however this morning the gov restricted the indoor venue numbers to a max of 50. So thatís it live gigs are over. I donít have anything booked at all.

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    I work at two universities. Live events are cancelled for the rest of the month and beyond. It might stretch to the end of the school year. Graduation ceremonies have been cancelled. Some events will get rescheduled, many others won't.

    My side work of live event video recording is also entirely stopped until further notice. All bars and restaurants are ordered closed, with take-out only.

    I'm expecting many small venues to go out of business which will mean fewer opportunities for bands to play and less work for me.

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    In this past week I'm finally seeing a few new ads on my local musician classifieds website...just a couple of "Looking for guitar, bass, drums...etc" type of thing.
    I guess some people are trying to put stuff together again...though I'm not sure yet what the outlook is for clubs/bars around here. Most are not doing any live music...rather many are trying to do some half-assed "Zoom" open-mic sessions and stuff like that...but honestly, that's not going to really go anywhere.
    I mean, if you're going to sit at a computer to watch some performance...there's tons of YouTube stuff from the past...and frankly, watching some guy strum-n-sing a few Beatles tunes from his bedroom, doesn't add up to any kind of live performance.

    I do think that maybe by the end of the summer it should get better...but they just haven't figured out how to do the live gig, open bar, crowded dance floor...and still keep masks on and maintain social distancing.
    I see some restaurants here have set up huge outdoor tents in front of their establishments (if they have the space)...and are actually doing table service.
    I can't for the life of me see why doing it in a big, closed tent is any "safer" than just serving food inside...??? If anything, You have more sanitary conditions inside, than in some makeshift tent setup...but THAT is what our current policies are allowing, along with pick-up and delivery...which is also meaningless, because you still have interaction to make all that happen.
    It's a lot of meaningless crap....but I guess everyone has adopted it to feel safer.

    I have NO idea what studios (home, project or pro) are currently doing around here...most tend to be compact spaces, even in the pro world, so to maintain social distancing while trying to do a sessions, is not simple...unless you've got a solo artist on side of the glass and you on the other.
    So then...what about the mics...how do people sing into them with masks on...?...and if you just go with a pop filter, will that keep any potential virus germs off the mics...?...never mind all the other stuff getting touched, plus the breathing/singing in what are usually closed-in spaces...like vocal booths...etc....???

    All kind of crazy....

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    Just same as any other business.

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