the future of live music after covid

The future of Live Music industry after COVID-19

Music venues, theatres, clubs, opera houses, music festivals, and all other entertainment music venues have been forced to close for nearly two years and will likely be among the last businesses to reopen.

Even after international vaccine distribution, the music industry will need a few years to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.

Singers and musicians, in general, took their music to live streams, and donations enabled them to survive the current crisis and continue to work as artists.

What is the impact of Covid-19 on the music industry?

Many booking agents, tour promoters, event organizers, crew members, instrument players, and managers have lost their jobs. Young bands are struggling, and many small clubs have closed.

Many singers are facing a particular challenge and have shifted to teaching online lessons and masterclasses.

online singing lessons for beginners

Most artists and singers rely on live performances and touring as a source of direct income in order to survive and afford their basic daily expenses.

The global concert industry lost billions of dollars in ticket sales, sponsorships, and merchandising. The economical losses have been devastating to the music industry!

Furthermore, there is a lack of government-targeted funding for concert halls and cultural venues as well as non-commercial music genres and styles.

Some entertainment industry executives and major labels are even looking to sports leagues (such as the NBA) to see how public events will return.

How did Covid-19 influence the live music experience?

The coronavirus pandemic helped create a “new” live music experience for both artists and the audience stuck at home.

The live streamed performances deliver a new way of thinking to an online audience, with a sense of innovation and staging evolution, while surpassing the traditional stage.

Some singers are taking virtual shows to a new level of adventure and cinematic experience while the audience watches remotely and interacts on social media platforms.

The most difficult aspect of filming virtual events is conveying the energy, vibes, and cheering of the audience.

When Will we be able to attend live concerts in person?

We all miss going to live concerts and standing in line for fan meet-and-greets. Concerts and live tours are hoped to return, but is this just a pipe dream?

Let us try to be optimistic and hope to return to outdoor concerts, perhaps during a busy fall with social distancing and protective masks, but to what extent are indoor venues safe?

As the vaccination process continues, more shows and full tours are being announced.

Is a music venue’s limited capacity sufficient to produce a profitable show?

Summer festivals and music venues will not be permitted to operate at full capacity, posing a significant logistical and financial challenge.

Not to mention the cost of safety precautions, temperature checks and testing for attendees, as well as cleaning and sanitizing the venue. 

empty music venue and sanitizing precautions after covid

It is still unknown whether people will attend live events.

Music fans are still avoiding the frustration of cancelled or postponed shows while waiting for ticket refunds, purchased flights, and accommodations.

What does the future of live music look like after Covid-19?

Even if live performances return, the use of augmented reality and digital platforms is likely to persist. The virtual streaming experience has provided fans and listeners with a new way to interact.

Imagine being able to attend concerts you never thought you’d be able to watch from the comfort of your own home, as if you were sitting front-row or standing in the VIP golden circle.

Industry experts confirm that virtual concerts will most likely continue alongside live shows, which will gradually return to life.

As coronavirus cases continue to drop, vaccines continue to be distributed, and capacity restrictions continue to be relaxed, the second half of 2021 looks quite promising.

Fans all over the world are very excited to get back to live events – not to mention the artists and singers who really miss the stage!

The coming months will be critical, and the best thing we can do to save the music industry is to stay safe and connected. Begin by supporting independent singers and local musicians in your area.

About the author

Rita Hokayem

I am a soprano opera singer, voice teacher with over 13 years of experience, and digital marketer.
I teach online singing lessons for beginners and professional singers in pop, rock, R&B, country, oriental Arabic music, and pop opera.
My blog contains a series of interviews and articles about interesting topics related to the life of a musician and singer.
I am currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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