Music Industry Won’t ‘Be Able to Adapt’ to Coronavirus, Grammys Chief Says

”I don’t see us being able to transition while we’re under these circumstances,“ interim Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. tells TheWrap

The Recording Academy chairman and interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr. says that unless the government and other charitable arms intervene with relief, the many working-class musicians and touring professionals affected by the coronavirus will not be able to adapt.

The coronavirus has hit the music industry hard, canceling or postponing tours and major music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, as well as shuttering music venues around the globe. Not only are mainstream recording artists taking a hit, touring musicians, crew, staff, lighting technicians, engineers and promoters that sponsor these artists are also badly affected, many of whom are working gig to gig or show to show.

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Brian Welk

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