European Music Council
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus and the music sector
The Coronavirus is spreading world-wide and the crisis is severely affecting public, cultural and social life. The European Music Council’s (EMC) thoughts are with all those who have suffered bereavement and sincerely hopes that anyone sadly affected by the virus gets well soon.
The music sector has already been hit heavily and will continue to be massively affected by the measures taken to prevent any further spread of the virus. The important health and safety measure of official authorities lead to extensive cancellations of musical events, such as concerts, workshops, conferences, festivals, music and instrumental lessons, music production and much more. The economic and social consequences of these cancellations will have a negative effect on a thriving musical landscape in Europe which consists of many small businesses and a wide range of self-employed musicians and composers who might face serious threats to their existence and indeed survival, as a result.
Therefore, we call upon all political decision makers to include the music sector at large in all planned aid efforts and appreciate that several announcements have already been made in this regard. Because of the vulnerability of the sector, these measures need to be taken quickly and in a non-bureaucratic way to prevent individuals as well as organisations of all sizes from financial ruin.
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Impact of Coronavirus on the music sector
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Many more EMC members, music and cultural organisations have already issued statements on the effects of the Corona crisis, you will find a (non exclusive) list here:
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