The covid-19 pandemic has been a major blow to the music industry. Indeed, this crisis has cancelled many festivals, postponed concerts and even made some musicians change their career. However, seen from another angle, it also had positive effects on music.
Here is an article in which you will discover the positive and negative impacts of the pandemic on music.
Negatives of the crisis on the music industry
The music industry has not escaped the pandemic: tours and album releases postponed, festivals and concerts cancelled. This has resulted in many losses.
In France, for example, 4.5 billion euros in annual sales were lost, which represents nearly 43% of the loss, mainly due to the cancellation and postponement of shows, as well as the drop in CD sales and record postponements.
However, despite this decline, the music industry has been able to gradually adapt to the situation in order to take advantage of the pandemic.
Some benefits of the pandemic on music
Despite the harm caused by the crisis, the pandemic has also had positive effects on music.
For one thing, bands are taking well-known songs and changing the lyrics, making the music richer. For example, the Finnish National Opera presented a show based on the opera Cosi fan tutte. It was about containment, wearing masks, hand washing, fake news.
Apart from that, with the covid-19 pandemic involving social distancing and quarantine measures, the use of streaming services has increased considerably, i.e. the consumption of online audiovisual content. In France, for example, the number of streaming increased by 19% in 2020 compared to 2019.
In addition, several artists have leveraged their passion for music to gain more exposure. This has allowed them to be successful. This is the case, for example, of Samuel Bolduc, a Quebec singer-songwriter who decided to rediscover his former passion during the pandemic. He posted numerous music videos on social networks and obtained a great success that he did not even expect.
Of course, the health crisis had several negative effects on the music industry. However, it has also helped the rise of many artists around the world and has allowed the development of certain areas of music. So, it is important that you continue to have the spirit of music despite the crisis that is raging.