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Musicians lose up to Sh500,000 as pandemic mutes industry, study shows

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As countries struggle to get their economies up and running amid the Covid-19 crisis, the music industry will be among sectors that will face a tough task to recover from the effects of the measures to contain the pandemic.

Performances, for instance, will have to undergo a paradigm shift because social distancing rules mean that the gatherings of crowds at a concert, will be untenable for a long time.

While it is acknowledged the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating to music and the arts generally, specific data has not been forthcoming, especially because music business in Africa has been managed on very rudimentary terms.

Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), which works with music industry players across the continent, last week released the results of a report that quantifies the loss of revenue streams in the first two months of the Covid-19 regulations. “Understanding the impact of Covid-19 will enable players in the business to make informed strategies that are inclusive and effective,” says MIAF director Eddie Hatitye in an online interview with BDLife.

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