Jazzwise (Article)  With travel bans enforced across most of Europe and the US, many musicians have bailed out mid-tour, with the likes of Chick Corea Trio cancelling their appearance at the Barbican on 16 March, and drummer Louis Cole postponing his Big Band show at EartH, Hackney, until September. Countless musicians have taken to social media to report the cancellation of their upcoming gigs, while some took to live-streaming performances over the internet, with the likes of bassist Tim Lefebvre starting a Patreon page for fans to log on and pay to see live shows from his home studio. 

This was just one example of the resourcefulness of the jazz community, which is now as tech-savvy as any other part of the music industry.

US-based jazz publicist Lydia Liebman also got in touch to say: “For the foreseeable future, many artists will be live streaming their shows either on a free platform (Facebook, Twitch, etc) with a virtual tip jar (Venmo, PayPal, etc) or through a pay-per-view platform. I encourage you to take these virtual shows seriously. This is the new normal for now and we could use your help, as journalists and respected members of the [wider] jazz community, to help legitimise these outings.” She also added: “If you like something, please consider buying it, preferably directly from the artist or via Bandcamp. Obviously, without touring and teaching, most musicians are suffering big time. Purchasing music or merch will be a big help.”

Above is a couple of paragraphs from an article on the Jazzwise website. The Coronavirus has basically stopped all live performances and this catastrophic event has affected everyone in the arts worldwide. Venues large and small have been shut down. Tours and local gigs have been cancelled and fans left disappointed. Musicians and those involved in the music industry have seen their livelihoods stripped away. 

I have noticed that a lot of artists have resorted to teaching lessons online, online performances, podcasts etc.

I always thought that the benefit of performing LIVE! was enhanced by having an audience that you could interact with in some way. With so much talk of “this is the new way to do it” for example “Online performances”, if that is the future of LIVE music then it worries me. I understand that folk have to move with the times but occasionally moving with the times can be a step backwards. 

This may sound old fashioned but I quite enjoy going to hear LIVE music and interacting with people. It can be a great opportunity to network and more importantly meet your musical heroes and for any musician that can change their world.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all in favour of change but I feel that the audience being present is part of the whole LIVE music experience.  If we let online performances become the norm this could change the LIVE music scene in a detrimental way and it may never be the same again. Online LIVE events are great and I will always support them but finally this question has to be asked. 

How long will it be before the public/ music fan gets bored of this model?

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