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COVID-19 Crisis: Live Music Business Resources

PVRP Music Marketing Agency is tracking the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis as it brings the live music business to a standstill. We will continue to update the below with resources for music professionals and freelancers who are now out of work due to COVID-19

1) COVID-19 Music Production Response Facebook Group

This is an open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals. [Continue Reading]

2) Facebook Group: Event Ops Collective (EOC)

Event Ops Collective (EOC) aims to streamline the concert and festival staffing process by connecting those doing the hiring (promoters, staffing coordinators, contractors, vendors, etc.) with seasoned professionals in the live events space. The goal is to create a place where event operations personnel can come together to collaborate, ask questions, make contacts, and of course, FIND WORK! [Continue Reading]


3) Facebook Group: Live Events Industry Federal Aid Action Group

Network and join the Live Events Industry Federal Aid Action Group for COVID-19. [Continue Reading]

4) Backline

Backline is a hub for music industry professionals and their families to quickly and easily access mental health and wellness resources. They have been hosting virtual support groups for professionals trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. [Continue Reading]

5) COVID-19 & Freelance Artists Resouces

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc. [Continue Reading]

6) Tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package

The bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) is a good start to providing relief to workers, however, the provisions on the table for emergency paid leave benefits won’t apply to displaced entertainment workers because of the requirements for days worked on a job to qualify. [Continue Reading]

7) Petition: Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry

We are in need of an aid package to support us in order to survive and recover the pandemic and economic catastrophe. Help us petition our elected officials for help and sign the petition today. [Continue Reading]

8) Alternative Opportunities for Event Industry Workers

This is a live document of potential alternative work opportunities for event industry workers. (compiled by EOC Group). [Continue Reading]

9) MusiCares: COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This is an addition to MusiCares Emergency Financial Assistance Fund. [Continue Reading]

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10) Actors Fund

Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund is a national human services organization here to meet the needs of the entertainment community with a unique understanding of the challenges involved in a life in the arts. Services include emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, health care and insurance counseling, senior care, secondary career development and more. [Continue Reading]


11) COVID-19: Everything is on Fire – US CONCERT CANCELLATIONS

This is a live document of all of the US concert cancellations due to COVID-19.  [Continue Reading]


12) Donate: GoFund Music Venues, Professionals and Artists

This is a live document of all the GoFundMe’s launching to save music venues who have now had to close their doors indefinitely or for struggling professions.

Submit your campaign here to be included in the list.  [Continue Reading


13) Live-Entertainment Giants Form Task Force to Lead Unified Coronavirus Response

In a rare show of unity among usually fierce competitors, live-entertainment agencies and promoters including AEG, CAA, ICM, Live Nation, Paradigm and UTA have formed a task force to strategize and coordinate a unified response to the spread of coronavirus and its growing impact on the touring business, according to multiple sources and media reports. [Continue Reading]


14) Live Nation Planning to Pause Arena Tours Due to Coronavirus

Recognizing national concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, Live Nation is instructing its touring shows to prepare to return home, Billboard has learned. The announcement affects all Live Nation tours domestically and some shows internationally. [Continue Reading]


15) ‘Everything Is in Chaos’: The Concert Business Stands to Lose Billions From Coronavirus

The abrupt reshuffling of major events like Coachella, SXSW, and Pearl Jam and Madonna’s shows due to coronavirus is already devastating to the live music industry — but by some predictions, we’re only seeing the start of the chaos. [Continue Reading]


16) What Happens When a Music Festival Is Canceled Due to Coronavirus?

Festival cancellations happen for plenty of reasons, and have financial repercussions for everyone involved: artists, fans, staffers, vendors, and the festival organizers themselves.

Last year alone, before the global coronavirus outbreak, at least a dozen music festivals threw in the towel, led by the calamitous Woodstock 50. What happens afterward and who gets paid depends on a few factors, including insurance coverage (or lack thereof) for festivals and artists, and whether the cancellation was voluntary or government-mandated.

But the most important factors are the specifics of the deals between promoters and artists. “The short answer is: What does the contract say?” notes concert insurance veteran Peter Tempkins, whose festival clients have included Warped Tour and Bonnaroo. [Continue Reading]


17) Ticketmaster: Information Regarding the Cancellation and Rescheduling of Live Events

In order to provide you with as much information as they can, Ticketmaster has created a comprehensive information portal that will be consistently updated with changes to the status of all impacted events, so feel free to check back often. [Continue Reading]


18) ‘Together At Home’: Top artists live streaming free concerts from homes

As COVID-19 shuts down concerts nationwide, it is a great time to look at implementing a streaming strategy. Or while you have extra time at home, enjoy a streamed set from your favorite artist!

Dash Radio has also launched a popup station to accommodate artists. [Continue Reading]


19) Coronavirus Is Giving Livestreaming the Chance to Prove Itselfself

It’s taken some time — and the unfortunate circumstance of a pandemic — but concert livestreaming could finally be having its moment. Amid major festival cancellations and hundreds of tours and concerts getting the chopping block due to COVID-19, artists and their teams are scrambling for new ways forward; and because waiting isn’t much of an option for those who need the income or can’t afford to cancel, the fledgling livestreaming industry is finding itself in the spotlight.

Here is a also a helpful livestream live doc guide.  [Continue Reading]


20) The Events Industry Needs a Quick Pivot to Survive the Challenge of Coronavirus

After more than 12 years of economic expansion and growth, those of us in the meetings world face a triple whammy: a contagion with no immediate vaccine or easy treatment; supply-chain disruption and travel restrictions causing looming challenges to the economy; and a growing fear — if not panic — resulting in corporate and government travel bans and cancellation of meetings and events. We are all struggling to deal with short-term situations and do scenario planning for a range of uncertainties in the short and long term. [Continue Reading]


21) Penny Fractions: The Coronavirus Destroyed the Music Industry

We’re in a recession. Bloomberg last week implied we might already be in one and JPMorgan put out forecasts that by summertime the United States and Europe will be in a coronavirus-induced dip. On some level, that isn’t too shocking because there’ve been signs of a looming recession for the last couple of years anyway. The British writer Grace Blakely, who wrote last year’s Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation, covered this topic last year by pointing out a number of factors leaning the world towards this inevitable economic decline: “financial instability in China; global monetary tightening (rising interest rates and the end of quantitative easing or QE); the unresolved eurozone crisis; a shock to global trade; and rising private debt in the developed world.” There’s no irony that the coronavirus is seemingly ready to give a sudden kick to all of those areas. [Continue Reading]


22) Concerts Are on Hold. Workers Behind the Stars Are Hurting.

Sound engineers, lighting technicians and more gig-to-gig employees who fuel the touring industry are “preparing for the worst” as the coronavirus puts a halt to live shows. [Continue Reading]


23) Unemployment & FEMA Relief

Continue to monitor government agencies including the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund. You may also qualify for your state’s unemployment program if your employer has shut down or if you have lost income due to COVID-19.

For Pennsylvania residents, please check here to see if you qualify.


24) Learn a New Skill with

Learn a new skill in your free time with’s free 30-day trial. Pro-tip, your local free library may offer free subscriptions and you may be able to apply online. [Continue Reading]


25) Relax with some Free Yoga

Calm your nerves and practice a little yoga. [Continue Reading]


26) EDM 2020 Quarantine Livestreams

PVRP Music is pulling together the best EDM live streams from Quarantine 2020 for the best virtual rave! Check out the lineup to tune in live. [Continue Reading]


Are you a music industry professional who has felt the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on the music industry?

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