Live Music Could Be Over In NYC Till 2021


April 16, 2020

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The good news just keeps on coming ! 

Amidst the Pandemic's deadliest week in NYC thus far, while our president spars on Twitter and television with state governors on just who has the authority to declare when the country will reopen, we've received a clear message from our state and more specifically NYC's government, and that is life comes first.  While we all ride out this strange era of self quarantine, where masks are now mandated when exiting your home, and soft toilet paper becomes a hotter and hotter commodity, the "pause" on our normal return has now been extended another month. What does this mean for the greater future of our live music scene? Nothing positive unfortunately. 

Both mayors of the largest cities in the country have now speculated live music events will not be safe to reinstate until 2021 at earliest, with Mayor DeBlasio specifically saying "The last thing I want to do is gather 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 people in one place, that’s like the exact opposite of social distancing".  LA mayor, Eric Garcetti echoed these comments adding “Until there’s either a vaccine, some sort of pharmaceutical intervention, or herd immunity, the science is the science. And public health officials have made very clear we have miles and miles to walk before we can be back in those environments.”

This of course follows speculative predictions of experts released earlier this week that gatherings for live music would not return until Fall of next year.  Despite this, artists and venues continue to reschedule and announce tours as the industry at large scrambles to adjust to this new model.  In the meantime there's been no shortage of performance live streams to keep you occupied, though it remains to be seen how labels, artists, and venues hope to tackle the lack of fiscal monetization here.  For now all you can do is support and give where you can in hopes that the entire live music model, and your favorite small clubs don't just simply disappear.  As always, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay inside.