Last week we caught up with several of our favourite independent artists to find out how the Covid-19 outbreak was affecting them, and a lot has happened in the intervening days. We’ll be continuing to keep you up to date with what’s happening by speaking with bands, venues, promoters and labels, finding out the issues that are affecting them and looking for ways that we can all support one another through this period.
First we heard from Keven 007 of Australian punks Glitoris, who had been on a tour of their home country when the pandemic hit.
As of yesterday all ‘non-essential’ business services have been encouraged to close. This includes pubs and music venues (sad face!). Where’s the beer when you need one!
Funnily enough, the Government has offered zero support to musicians. That said, the PM did mention support to ‘sole traders’ put out of work. So that would depend on how you’re set up as an artist.
All the time! They have been extremely supportive in keeping their tickets and hanging at our bandcamp merch store. We really hope to do an online streamed concert, though even that is challenging as our drummer Scott lives interstate.
If you’ve bought a ticket to a show, please hang onto it. Or donate it to someone. Sharing and purchasing music and merch is always appreciated and can really help artists 🙂
We also spoke with Tim Perry, booker at South London live music institution The Windmill, who have had to close their doors during the period of social distancing.
With it looking likely that this situation is going to continue for some time, what might the longer-term implications be for the venue and its staff?
The outlook is bleak. Our margins are super narrow.
Are you able to access any support to help you through this period?
The Chancellor announced some stuff a few days ago – we’re still to crunch the numbers. Insurance payout seems unlikely.
What can music fans do to help their local venues survive this?
Follow the venues on social media and find out what they’re doing in terms of fundraising or whatever.
A Go Fund Me appeal has been set up to support The Windmill during its closure – you can donate here.