How the Music Industry has changed throughout the Pandemic and has affected Women in particular

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All areas of our lives have been heavily affected by the global pandemic and many people around the world have suffered within the working world. The music industry has been hit particularly hard by Corona, especially due to millions of live performances being cancelled, causing a significant fall in live performance revenue.

Pre-pandemic, women in the music industry faced huge challenges that impacted their mental health, as they often felt as though they weren’t being taken seriously or their voices weren’t heard. Covid both magnified and exacerbated the pressures these women already felt.

In 2020, almost overnight, the live music industry shut down. Performances were cancelled, tours and festivals called off and all venues forced to close. This not only affected the artists themselves, but also all of the people working alongside them, from sound engineers, to road crew, to background singers and dancers, to revenue workers and tour managers. According to a report from ‘Trade Body UK Music’, one in three jobs in the music industry in Britain alone were lost due to the pandemic and research showed that there were over 69,000 fewer jobs within the industry only a year after Covid hit. For many music professionals though, their work isn’t just about meeting the financial ends, but writing, creating and performing music is part of their identity and a way in which they are able to express themselves. Although many artists have adapted to the difficult circumstances there is a strong fear that the pandemic will leave a lasting footprint on gender equality across the music industry.

On a positive note however, many artists feel as though they have been able to find new ways to engage with their fans through social media platforms like Instagram and perform their music through live streams. These new and creative ways for musicians to engage with their followers may allow for stronger long-term connections and a more loyal and promising fan base. As well as this, the continuous lockdowns that the artists have been finding themselves in, have provided plenty of time and opportunities to write new music and share their stories with the world. Although they may be more difficult to produce, as music studios are closed, these can continue to be released and we all have new music to look forward to from our favourite artists, once shows will be possible again! After all, as Samson said, “Dark times often seem to propagate some of the most exciting creative work”.