Started by dsanchez, February 23, 2020, 23:47:08
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Quote from: undefinedIt was always hard making a living as a musician in New York City. The quarantine has made it impossible.
Quote from: undefinedEven during the long period in which creativity was better supported, making enough money for the essential things was not easy, yet it was unclear then how much more challenging the exercise would become. This particular life was already scarred by the slow burn of the music industry's technological revolution and the brutal economic realities of New York. The pandemic rendered it to ash.In recent years, Amy Madden had made a meager living playing in bars, most of them the dives that had defined a vanishing cultural style in the city. Now the virus had forced those bars to close. A part-time job she had at an art gallery became another casualty of the national lockdown.
QuoteI miss the shows and I miss the scene. I've actually found myself being acutely depressed when I think about the state my beloved scene has been reduced to, but not entirely for myself. I've been to hundreds of gigs now. I've seen hundreds of bands. I've seen so many I can't even remember them all. I'm sad for the future, for those who are just coming through.But I am most concerned about the industry itself. The thousands of people who relied on the industry for their livelihood - not only the musicians, most of whom barely scraped by at the best of times, but the roadies, riggers, techies, venue and studio owners, gig bookers, publicists, promoters, backline suppliers, and all their staff. Who's looking out for them now? I'm missing my live music rush, but these people depend on it financially. Let's not forget that it's not just live music that's suffering here - theatre, dance, comedy, even film and TV... every area of the performing and creative arts has been gutted by COVID-19 and at every level of government it has been denied any form of financial assistance. Pubs and clubs might be reopening, but who knows how long it will be before they are once again filled with the clamour of live entertainment, and what restrictions will be in place once they are? For those of us who love it live, all we can do is support the scene and those impacted however we can.
QuoteULTRA RICH KEEP GETTING ULTRA RICHER: The news comes after progressive think tank 'Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies' found that the total net worth of all American billionaires rose US$434 billion (A$663 billion) since state lockdowns began on March 19. Because that's just how that country works!
QuoteThe Taskforce (only one member under 40!) includes the director of a Lincolnshire theme-park Fantasy Island, yet no direct mention of music, even in the sub-committees it will set-up, which will cover "sport, entertainment and events, museums and galleries, heritage, tourism and libraries". In normal times, no one would expect a Conservative government to proactively care about a world that consistently rallies opposition to it, and which - up late, non-conformist, possibly on drugs - is the antithesis of middle England. But given live music's cultural and economic heft (£1.1bn annually), you might imagine that in a national emergency, culture secretary Oliver Dowden would feel grudgingly obliged to support it.
Quote from: undefinedBy having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office. He is not governing. He's golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.Trump's response to the last three ghastly months of mounting disease and death has been just as heedless. Since claiming Covid-19 was a "Democratic hoax" and muzzling public health officials, he has punted management of the coronavirus to the states.Governors have had to find ventilators to keep patients alive and protective equipment for hospital and other essential workers who lack it, often bidding against each other. They have had to decide how, when and where to reopen their economies.Trump has claimed "no responsibility at all" for testing and contact-tracing - the keys to containing the virus. His new "plan" places responsibility on states to do their own testing and contact-tracing.
QuoteINDEPENDENT AUTOPSY FINDINGS TO BE RELEASEDAccording to The Sydney Morning Herald's live blog, the attorney for George Floyd's family is set to release findings from an independent autopsy into Floyd's death, while Donald Trump has called on a collection of governors to "dominate" and arrest protesters.The news comes after protesters surrounded the White House, a semi-trailer driver was arrested for speeding into a Minneapolis protest, a third man was killed -- this time in a shooting with Kentucky police and the National Guard -- and even more frankly unbelievable police actions, with some newer examples including:* Las Vegas police just kind of grabbing and dragging a random passer-by;* Phoenix Police putting ICE holds on three arrested protesters; and* NYPD union the Sergeants Benevolent Association doxxing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter Chiara de Blasio, who, after being arrested for protesting, had her arrest information published on Twitter including her home address and ID number.On the protesters' end, The Associate Press reports that at least 4400 people have been arrested for offences ranging from stealing and vandalism to blocking highways, breaking curfew, and peacefully protesting. In one of the more delightful, still-at-large counterexamples, someone has apparently blocked the Chicago police scanner with the 2007 hit Chocolate Rain.PS: As Perth Now reports, hundreds of Western Australians rallied in Perth last night both in solidarity and in protest of Indigenous deaths in custody.
Quote from: SueC on June 03, 2020, 12:36:51This landed in my inbox courtesy of Crikey yesterday: