Music industry

The pandemic backbone of the DMV music industry

Small concert halls and emerging artists have faced many challenges since the start of the pandemic. However, crowded concerts and music festivals are slowly returning with COVID-19 precautions in mind.

Why is this important: COVID-19 has created long-term changes in the music industry, and DC artists will have fewer opportunities to perform in the interim, as a number of popular music venues have closed permanently due to pandemic setbacks.

“One of the lessons learned is that you have to be agile for a business to get by. Because there is no plan for it,” says Audrey Fix Schaefer, Director of Communications at IMP. , of the sector which has always been confronted with financial instability. IMP is the best-known theater operator in the region.

  • “We (Club 9:30) are the busiest club our size in the world. There isn’t a sum of this kind of history or legendary status that guarantees your future.”

What is happening: Concert halls are working to increase security measures to avoid another pandemic shutdown.

  • Outdoor concerts will continue beyond the summer season, reports the Washington Post.
  • Proof of vaccination is already required at some sites, including IMP. It is likely that more and more sites will include vaccination and / or testing requirements as the winter months approach.
  • Masks and social distancing for spectators will also continue, as breakthrough cases increase thanks to the Delta variant.

And after: Jeremiah Collins, who launched the underground music series ONLe.ViBez Sessions three years ago, told Axios that he and other creatives are working harder than ever to diversify their skills in order to outlast whatever the world has to offer. post-pandemic music brings.

  • “I am able to do more than one thing, and when you are able to do it, you open up resources to have income in more than one area,” DJ, stylist, producer and drummer told Axios Collins. professional. .

ONLe.ViBez Sessions has grown in popularity and need since the start of the pandemic. He has now presented more than 450 artists.

  • The Music Series provides emerging artists with a venue and free photos and videos to use as marketing collateral – especially valuable tools when musicians are struggling to reach audiences.

What we are looking at: Artists are used to dealing with setbacks and adjusting to tough times, says Fix Schaefer, who is also vice chairman of the board of the National Independent Venue Association.

“There is no guaranteed career path for an artist and they have to want it so badly and figure out how to do it,” she says. “If you can be dissuaded from committing to your craft, you probably aren’t going to do it forever, no matter what the bump in the road is.”