Music Canada, the organization that lobbies for music labels in this country, commissioned a new study on how Canadian musicians are managing during the coronavirus pandemic. Abacus Data returned the following:
- In a normal year, the average Canadian musician would have about 96 gigs in a year. Each performance helps support 11.15 other people (band members, roadies, etc.)
- Normally, a Canadian musician would have 87 gigs remaining this year. In 2020, the number is eight.
- More than half the respondents in this survey say they have ZERO concerts scheduled for the remainder of 2020.
- 85% say that without being able to play live, they’re going to struggle to pay the bills.
- The majority are worried about all the health risks associated with COVID-19. Despite wanting and needing to play, most just don’t want to take a chance of getting sick.
- 78% say that anxiety caused by the pandemic has negatively effected their creativity and productivity.
- Canadian musicians are willing to go digital, but they’re having issues adapting to the digital experience.
- Until there’s a treatment or a vaccine, things aren’t going to get much better.
For the full report, go here.