Recent published research executed by the European association for music venues Live DMA shows the harsh reality of the impact of the pandemic. Only for the 2,600 venues and clubs part of the Live DMA network it means a staggering number of 664,000 artist performances cancelled this year alone. More than 53 million people not visiting a live show (a decline of 76%), leading to an estimated €1.2 billion loss of income during 2020. Fixed costs such as employment and housing remain, leaving clubs and venues with more expenses than revenues. As a result they fully rely on their own reserves, forcing them to execute necessary cutbacks and layoffs. This already led to the unemployment of thousands of workers, and more to follow. The UK Live Music: At a Cliff Edge, reports a loss of 170,000 jobs in the live music sector in the UK alone before the end of 2020. In many European regions, additional financial support from governments is urgently needed to avoid bankruptcy, and hence the permanent loss of venues and clubs.
The data also shows how venues and clubs in different European regions are affected in various ways. Although non-profit venues can often rely on governmental support, the larger non-profit venues and especially private commercial music venues are depending heavily on audience income, and are likely to be hit hardest by the government restrictions. Representatives of music venues in different European regions, discuss the impact of the pandemic to the live music scene in their specific region, also sharing thoughts and insights on how to go forward to maintain a healthy live music scene.
Arne Dee (Live DMA, VNPF, Dee Music)
Anya della Croce (PETZI)
Beverley Whitrick (Music Venue Trust)
Lluís Torrents Cruz (Sala Razzmatazz, Miles Away Promotions, ASACC)
Elise Phamgia (Liveurope)