Amid wider devastation, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the musical world. Although online consumption has risen – Spotify, for instance, has seen large growth in paid subscriptions – music-makers are still suffering. Many receive only tiny payouts from streaming sites. And with public gatherings curtailed, concerts, tours and festivals are currently ruled out, jeopardising employment prospects for musicians and the future of shuttered venues. At the same time, people around the world have turned to music to help them through the crisis. From balcony-based sing-alongs to megastar global broadcasts, music has become embedded in our responses to disrupted lives. With creators and lovers of music depending on digital mediation, a wide range of approaches to making, sharing and experience music have arisen. Here are five such musical responses.
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