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Neumos in Seattle, in a Pandemic: If Indie Venues Don’t Make It ‘There Is No Touring’

Steven Severin, co-owner of Neumos in Seattle, says some venues are having to choose between public safety and losing their rooms forever. 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 years ago, he helped create the...

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Event Designer Bobby Garza in Austin, in a Pandemic: ‘Are There Going to Be the Dance Police?’

The furloughed executive lead creative + experience at live events company Forefront Networks is most worried about Austin’s independent venues while he looks for solutions to restarting concerts under new safety guidelines.  When the concert business shut down in mid-March, Bobby Garza abruptly shifted from putting on live events to tearing them down — his...

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John Legend Reminds Protesters to Stay Safe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

With protests happening nationwide, John Legend is warning those out in the crowd that COVID-19 is still a very real and deadly virus. The singer voiced his support for peaceful protesting over the death of George Floyd, but also reminded people to take precautions to protect themselves and others from getting sick. “Please stay as...

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Strictly Discs in Wisconsin, in a Pandemic: ‘I Feel a Responsibility to Our Community’

As Dane County enters Phase 1 of reopening, owner Angie Roloff has expanded the in-store capacity of her Madison record shop. In October 1988, Angie Roloff and her husband Ron opened Strictly Discs in Madison, Wisconsin, after Ron left a career in the biomedical research field to pursue his love of music full time. Nearly...

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Music Venues Across the Country Can Reopen, But Is It Worth It?

Concerts are slowly starting again, but they’re looking considerably different in the pandemic and many clubs are unsure whether they’re worth the risks. On May 18, TempleLive in Fort Smith, Arkansas, hosted one of the nation’s first socially-distanced concerts with country rock artist Travis McCready of the band Bishop Gunn. In order to prevent the...

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Dua Lipa, Jason Derulo, Becky G, Maluma & More Stars Join OneHuManity’s ‘Dream With Us’ 24-Hour Livestream

Dua Lipa, Jason Derulo, Becky G, Maluma and 150 more stars will join OneHuManity‘s (OHM) Dream With Us 24-hour livestream show Friday (May 29) at 12 p.m. ET. Dream With Us hopes to combine live musical performances, real-time challenges, one-on-one interviews and empowering stories for a full day of festivities presented by OHM Live and Constellation, an inspirational...

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Music Streaming Shows Strong Comeback in New Nielsen Music/MRC Data COVID-19 Report

The lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” come to mind when reading through MRC Data’s fourth COVID-19 survey results. During the ongoing coronavirus crisis, an artist needs to start swimming or sink like a stone, as Dylan sang. A virtual concert might be a poor substitute for a live show, but fans...

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How We Work Now: NMPA President/CEO David Israelite

In a 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...

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Coronavirus Tracing Apps Are Being Tested Around the World, But Will Concerts Get Onboard?

Google and Apple may have the solution to allay privacy concerns, but tech flaws persist. Will contact-tracing smartphone apps become the new dress code that gets you past the velvet rope in the coronavirus clubbing era? In China, some cities have used government-mandated health-tracking apps on smartphones to restore nightlife. Venues like the 500-person Arkham...

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