25 June 2020
A report: musicians among the hardest hit by COVID-19
A new report by researchers at the Queensland Conservatorium provides important data about the significant challenges to the music industry caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Making Music Work Industry Report is the culmination of a three-year national study into the working lives of Australian musicians. The research included one of the largest national surveys of Australian musicians ever conducted, with researchers interviewing more than 600 musicians.
The findings showed the Australian music industry has been among the most heavily impacted by COVID-19, and the assumption based on the research is that it could also be the slowest to recover, due to the high number of self-employed and temporarily employed musicians, the importance of live performance as the most commonly reported source of income, and the complex of portfolio careers, where musicians juggle performing, teaching and other roles.
> For more findings, see the article on the Griffith University website.
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