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How Struggling Indie Venues Are Lobbying Local Governments for Support — And Getting Some

Independent venues are hoping for federal relief, but city and state funding might be just as essential to their survival. As Congress debated the next federal coronavirus aid package this week in Washington, independent music venues across the country have been waiting in anticipation for what will either be a saving grace or a devastating...

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Bryan Adams to Headline ‘Return to Live’ Concert in Germany Next Month for 12,000 Fans

Live Nation says hygiene procedures will be strictly enforced at Düsseldorf event, but one German health official calls the concert ‘irresponsible.’ Live Nation says it will host the first large-scale live music event in Germany since the pandemic began, with a concert on Sept. 4 headlined by Bryan Adams at a soccer stadium in Düsseldorf...

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Neumos in Seattle, in a Pandemic: It Can Cost a Venue $60,000 a Month to Be Closed

Steven Severin, co-owner of Neumos in Seattle, says that venues are still paying tens of thousands of dollars a month while they cross their fingers for federal aid. As co-owner of Seattle’s popular independent venue Neumos in Capitol Hill, Steven Severin has been a staple in the Seattle music industry for more than 20 years. Roughly 10...

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How We Work Now: Radio Journalist Sway Calloway

In a new series amid the coronavirus pandemic, Billboard is asking individuals from all sectors of the music business to share stories of how they work now, with much of the world quarantined at home and unable to take in-person meetings, attend conferences or even go into the office. Submissions for the series can be sent to...

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Billy Bob’s Texas Bar and Venue to Reopen for Concerts Next Week

The Fort Worth honky tonk establishment will kick off a series of Friday and Saturday evening concerts with The Bellamy Brothers on Aug. 14 and Flatland Cavalry on Aug. 15. Fort Worth bar and venue Billy Bob’s Texas will reopen for concerts next week, starting Aug. 14. The themed honky tonk establishment, located in the heart...

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Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: ‘I’m Petrified for My Friends’

With the $600 weekly federal pandemic assistance program now expired, and any new stimulus package still in limbo, Garza found some contract work but is worried for the rest of the touring industry. When the concert business shut down in mid-March, Bobby Garza abruptly shifted from putting on live events to tearing them down —...

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Recording Academy & A2IM Applaud New Senate Bill That Bars Radio Conglomerates From PPP Funds

The proposed legislation would preclude companies like iHeartRadio and Entercom from receiving PPP funds under the Senate’s HEALS Act. The Recording Academy and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) are supporting a new Senate bill that would allow small businesses and individuals to qualify for a second loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP),...

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A Song About Handwashing Won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest

New York-based singer Allegra Levy won this week’s “Stuck At Home” division of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) Monday (Aug. 4) for her original quarantine anthem “Wash My Hands.” Beginning in March, the late Beatles member’s annual competition sought out talent from submissions sent from all over the world. But in light of the...

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Amazon Prospers During Pandemic With Expectation-Beating Results

Amazon dodged a coronavirus bullet in its second quarter, posting big gains in sales and operating income as shoppers around the world stayed home and did the bulk of their shopping online. The online retail giant, which operates the Amazon Music streaming platform and is one of a small handful of tech companies in the...

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Latin Musicians Who Have Spoken Out About Having Coronavirus

Chiquis, Karol G, Prince Royce and Ovy On the Drums, among others, have opened up about having tested positive for COVID-19 and shared the road to recovery with their millions of followers on social media. As coronavirus cases continue to surge in the United States, with more than 4 million cases confirmed to date, Latin...

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