The Societal Impacts of Covid-19: A Transnational Perspective
Music Industry in Crisis: the Impact Of a Novel Coronavirus on Touring Metal Bands, Promoters, and VenuesKyle J. Messick
In March of 2020 the world began to take widespread preventative measures against the spread of a novel coronavirus through travel restrictions, quarantines, and limitations on social gatherings. These restrictions resulted in the immediate closing of many businesses, including concert venues, and also put an abrupt end to live music performances across Europe and the United States. This had immediate implications for touring metal bands, as bands earn most of their income touring, and many found themselves in a situation where they experienced substantial financial losses alongside negative affective ramifications. This chapter utilized evidence from qualitative interviews and public statements to draw inferences about the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry, with a particular focus on touring musicians and their respective managers, promoters, and booking agencies. Musicians reported negative affective and financial ramifications as a result of COVID-19, but they also reported financial support from metal music fans that made the fallout from the pandemic less severe. Further inferences were drawn about how the closures of concert venues adversely impacted the communities dependent on them, as concerts serve a stimulating role for surrounding businesses.