Random music news for Wednesday, April 1, 2020

This is NOT an April Fool’s joke: Dogs are being trained to sniff out the coronavirus. And should you wear a mask? Experts are divided. Moving on to music news…

  1. Coronavirus update 1: Do you have concert tickets you bought from StubHub and want a refund? Sorry, but no.
  2. Coronavirus update 2: I really like these t-shirts from Martin Atkins.
  3. Coronavirus update 3: Live Nation has posted all their online shows sorted by date. Go here.
  4. Coronavirus update 4: Universal has this list of special online performances.
  5. Coronavirus update 5: Over 100 touring pros have banded together to address the whole COVID-19 situation.
  6. Coronavirus update 6: Lizzo bought lunch for ER staff at a bunch of different hospitals.
  7. Coronavirus update 7: If you’re concerned about your overall well-being, this site is set up for musicians but offers tips for everyone.
  8. Coronavirus update 8: Jay-Z and Rihanna are donating money to the cause
  9. If you’re a musician looking for sync deals, there’s a new website called SyncFloor that could really help. It has a really cool natural language search engine.
  10. Check out these 13 isolated drum tracks from people like Dave Grohl, Ringo, Chad Smith, John Bonham and more.
  11. Caught inside with a burning desire to make music? You can use Ableton Live 10 Suite for free for the next 90 days.
  12. Spotify now has a standalone app for kids with songs to encourage hand washing.
  13. And Spotify has given us a list of what sorts of content people are listening to these days.
  14. Yes, video conferencing is up. WAY up.
  15. And yes, there’s Tiger-King-and-music news.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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