• Phil McDonald

Looking forward to better times

As the Coronavirus situation continues to improve I've been thinking ahead to what lies down the road in terms of performing and being a musician in general. The last few months have been pretty bleak with no one really knowing whether we'd be playing this year at all. Although the picture isn't yet clear (and may not be for a while) I thought this would be a good time to look at the live music scene post Covid-19 and what opportunities are out there.

It's pretty clear that live music establishments will be amongst the last to reopen and will do so in a limited way. However, landlord and venue owners are going to be keen to get their music scene running again albeit in a smaller way than before. Outside gigs are likely to be more the norm for a while with limited audience numbers. Although not ideal it's a start and of course, public safety is paramount. But I'm hopeful it's the start of the road to recovery where we can start playing venues as before.

So at this point, it's a good time to get in touch with the people on your local music scene who you might not have had much contact with over the last few months. I'm in the process of re-opening my studio (just sorting out some social distancing measures) and I'm looking forward to having conversations with people about plans for the remainder of this year. At the start of January, none of us knew what was around the corner but I think we can make the best of the second half of 2020.

The Podcast this week looked at Getting more/better gigs and is available on all platforms. If you're thinking about getting back into gigging then please do have a listen. Next week I'll be talking to Brad Green from Florida about his career and the future post Coronavirus. Out on Tuesday 9th June.

Until then, stay safe and keep making music.

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