Happy Monday. Here’s the latest.
The show goes on in Tucson, with high school dramas and musicals moving online.
Add San Diego to
the growing list of cities that plan to slash arts funding in 2021. Local activists have started a fund to ease the impact of the cuts.
A cross-trainer with a ballet background
helps keep professional dancers in shape over Zoom.
A 14-year old piano whiz from Sioux City
posts his home recitals online to calm his viewers’ nerves during the crisis.
Stay positive, stay together (but separately).
We start today with something truly beautiful.
Thirty-two ballet dancers from 14 countries perform “The Dying Swan” to raise half a million dollars to support dancers and dance companies left with no income during the pandemic.
Drive-thrus are poised for a Coronavirus-fueled comeback, from
double features in Plymouth, Indiana to pop-ups in Pittsburgh.
Museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Met, and the Guggenheim
all announce major staff cuts.
New Mexico artists will stage
an online digital festival to benefit local efforts to cope with the pandemic.
In Miami, the world’s first
Best to you all. G’nite.
Saddle up, kids. A couple new things.
Canada’s most renowned dance school
has been excluded from the country’s wage subsidy (and will have to lay off staff) because, wait for it, they teach high school students. Way to go, northern neighbors.
Nigeria uses music as an offical COVID-19 healing tool in its health care system.
Let’s take a lesson from Nigeria. Stay safe, all.
What’s new in COVID arts? Let’s see.
Movie theaters in Texas
begin to reopen as (sigh) coronavirus cases continue to rise.
At the intersection of sports and art, baseball artists also find themselves out of work.
Cooped up veteran knitters, new crafters, and mask-makers have inspired an “
arts and crafts renaissance.”
A Las Vegas saxophonist who normally plays at strip clubs now
performs on area sidewalks to comfort passers-by.
On the other side of the globe, Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s executives and musicians will take pay reductions,
with its leader taking the largest cut.
Hang in there, y’all.
Happy Monday. Hope this week is better than the last. Let’s get into it.
Music streaming service Bandcamp
is waiving its revenue share on select Fridays, giving all the proceeds to struggling artists.
trickle-down effect of cancelled arts festivals on the rest of the local economy is real.
One thing that’s keeping New York City’s COVID-19 patients (and hospital staff) sane?
Live classical music concerts.
Citing the economic fallout from the pandemic,
Philadelphia’s mayor may eliminate the city’s Cultural Fund and the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, at a time when the community will need the arts more than ever.
Oy. Hang in there, everyone.
Today’s stories from the front line of the COVID-19 creative economy.
Teenagers in California
teach music online and donate the proceeds to relief efforts on a platform invented by a high school junior.
A Western, Mass theater is
determined to survive, and thrive, despite the pandemic.
San Francisco Symphony drops its summer seasons and implements
across-the-board pay cuts.
L.A. City Council wants to convert
developer cultural event fees to relief funds for small arts orgs.
Busking during a pandemic? Try Facebook.
Paris Opera dancers pay tribute to their country’s essential workers with
a spontaneous online performance.
Seattle’s classical station cuts positions and
braces for long-term declines in underwriting.
Take care of each other.
COVID-19 and the creative economy. Sigh.
Ariana Grande performs
the most theater-geeky song ever to support artists during the Broadway shut down.
will reduce salary for staff and musicians. No layoffs, as of yet (be thankful for that).
Coronavirus songs? Yup, we’ve got that.
Opera Philadelphia offers
a Netflix-style online festival to replace what would have been the end of its season.
Be safe, be hopeful, be helpful.
A few creative economy pandemic tidbits:
Hoosier arts orgs will get a boost from the Indiana Arts Commission. Good thing, since they drop $8.4B on the local economy every year.
Louisville musicians have recorded
a local star-studded single to raise money for the city’s relief efforts.
Musicians already struggling with mental health issues
face even greater challenges in quarantine.
Some light on the horizon—
people are getting geared up to visit arts orgs once things reopen.
Take care, stay safe, and make something.
Here’s the latest from the front lines of the creative economy.
COVID-19 has put
almost two-thirds of creative workers out of a job, and nearly all of them have seen a loss of income. 82 percent will use their creative skills to support the recovery, and nearly half of those don’t care if they get paid to do it . But, really, you should pay them.
(Here’s the survey that provided this data. It will be live throughout the crisis.)
Twenty-two theaters in North Hollywood (NoHo, for those in the know)
may have to close because of the pandemic. Toss a few bucks their way.
It’d be a good first step—SFMOMA’s furloughed staff ask its director to
to keep workers employed. zero out his salary
Short-sighted school administrators at Minnesota State University Moorhead are proposing to cut the entire theater department, once classes resume. So, congrats, theater majors you survived the pandemic! Oh, wait…
A physician in Fairhope, Alabama
deals with deep coronavirus fears through a pop-up art show.
Take care and stay safe!
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