Random music news for Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Google has their coronavirus website up. And then there’s this brilliant explanation of what’s going on.

Now please enjoy music news for March 24, 2020.

  1. Coronavirus update 1: The singer of Testament and several members of the crew have tested positive.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: Podcast listening is up but individual podcast downloads are down. What?
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Gibson Guitars has shut down operations because of the virus.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Madonna is weird. She does make some good points, though.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: This website offers advice for musicians.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Ben Folds is writing instant songs based on rhyming couplets submitted by fans who are also locked in.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: Bell says usage on their network is up 60% because so many people are working remotely.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is delaying this year’s inductions.
  9. Coronavirus update 9: Here’s another example of how the situation is destroying the live music business.
  10. Coronavirus update 9: Manitoba Music has set up an emergency fund.
  11. Coronavirus update 10: The Germans have set up a US$43 million emergency fund for songwriters.
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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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