The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music

Fewer industries felt a extra particular and intense financial burden throughout the pandemic than dwell music. Venues went quiet. Musicians have been caught at dwelling, with an occasional livestream to leaven the boredom (and monetary pressure). Though the federal authorities lately handed aid measures meant to stem the monetary ache felt by efficiency venues, the rollout of the applications has been chaotic, leaving the trade not a lot better off than it was 16 months in the past.

Still, excursions are being introduced for the autumn, and concert events are beginning up once more, whilst new variants of the coronavirus threaten the delicate steadiness between freedom and security afforded by vaccines.

On this week’s Popcast, a dialog in regards to the challenges confronted by the dwell music enterprise during the last yr, and the way the trade is adjusting to the brand new regular.


Ben Sisario, The New York Times’s music enterprise reporter