The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Live Music Industries

How does COVID-19 affect the live music sector in different European countries? What similarities and differences can be identified between these countries, concerning government support, live music regulations, performance opportunities and the resilience of the sector in general? On March 17th, POPLIVE participated in an IASPM_UK hosted seminar that outlined a sample of some of the academic work that has been taking place both regionally and nationally across Europe since the pandemic emerged. Martijn Mulder presented his paper ‘Music Missionaries: The Dutch live music sector’s responses to the pandemic’. Other contributions came from the UK (Wales, Liverpool, Birmingham), Germany and Norway. The seminar has been recorded and can be viewed here.

Missing the Masses: responses to the lack of nightlife activities during the pandemic – the Rotterdam case.

During the COVID-pandemic, the lack of nightclubbing, dancing and drinking has a huge impact on both the social and mental aspects of nightlife visitors. Research by POPLIVE member Martijn Mulder affirms this social and mental relevance of the nightlife economy. ‘Going out’ is not just fun, it’s a basic need in the lives of many. In an additional report (in Dutch) Martijn advises the municipality of Rotterdam to adopt new strategies that better justify the value of urban nightlife.

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POPLIVE @ Eurosonic Conference 2021

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POPLIVE heeft bijgedragen aan een positieve noot tijdens Eurosonic 2021, dat vanzelfsprekend geheel in het teken stond van de gevolgen van Covid-19 voor de muziekindustrie. Op zaterdag 16 januari was het panel ‘Het Mooie van de Crisis’, waarin POPLIVE-onderzoeker Martijn Mulder een presentatie gaf over de veerkracht van de Nederlandse liveindustrie tijdens het eerste jaar van de pandemie.

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Het grote LIVE publieksonderzoek [Dutch live music audience research]

“Livemuziek is leven. Het is een medicijn, een soort van therapie”

 

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Waarom bezoeken we popconcerten en –festivals? En hoe vaak doen we dat? Wat is het favoriete poppodium van de livemuziek consument, en het favoriete festival? Hoe denkt de concertbezoeker over smartphonegebruik tijdens de show? En storen we ons tijdens concerten nu echt massaal aan kletsende medebezoekers? Martijn Mulder van POPLIVE zocht het antwoord op deze en andere vragen en heeft de uitkomsten gebundeld in Het Grote LIVE Publieksonderzoek.

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Tribute Podcast

The increasing popularity of tribute acts in pop music: is it just a form of ‘babyboomer-entertainment’ or is it the new cool thing for younger generations? How do music venues and the audience think about tribute acts and how does the future of tribute look like? All this and more is discussed in the POPLIVE Tribute Podcast.

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Pop music venues and festivals: opportunities and threats

As part of the POPLIVE project, Martijn Mulder investigated the current state of the Dutch live music industry, more specific the most common stagers of live music: dedicated venues and festivals. Based on interviews with directors of both venues and festivals in Dutch cities, several themes were extracted and analyzed. The papers written on the basis of these data are currently under review. This blog gives a sneak preview of the results.

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Nightclubbing, risk and policy making at Dutch live music conference

The impressive music venue TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht (NL) was the location for the Dutch national conference on music venues, festivals and events on October 2, 2019. POPLIVE participated in three panels during the conference that was organised by our project partner, the Dutch association of music venues and festivals (VNPF). This blogpost presents our contributions to panels on nightclubbing, risk and trust in live music, and urban pop music policy.

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