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One of the biggest worries that came with covid 19 was that live concerts were affected in a way that most of the live performances had to be cancelled, leaving people uncertain about future shows, festivals and many other music events. However, as the world slowly recovers from the initial blow of the virus, several special measures are being taken in order to resume shows as soon as possible.

Virgin Money Unity Arena

A good example of this was a festival in the UK that took place on august 11, in Gosforth Park, Newcastle.

According to CNN:

A new UK pop-up venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, is testing this out. Some 2,500 fans gathered at the outdoor venue Tuesday forwhat organizers described as the UK’s first socially distanced concert.

Helen Page, group brand and marketing director said:

We are delighted to play a part in bringing back live music events as we start to emerge from lockdown.

This feels like a unique opportunity to celebrate music and all the wonderful emotions that come with experiencing it live alongside other music fans.

Will it may not be “the future of live shows” this is a step in the right direction, as the world can’t wait that long to return to the usual events.

This also means that there is hope, and it’s not that far away, while it’s probably not going to be a permanent measure, people have been very worried and sad about so many cancellations all over the world, but as time keeps passing by.

The festival turned out great, with around 2500 people enjoying music without any issues.

Classicfm.com also shared some information about how the UK government was going to handle live performances in the near future following the outbreak.

An article states that there were going to be five stages:

• Stage One: Rehearsal and training (no audiences)
• Stage Two: Performances for broadcast and recording purposes
• Stage Three: Performances outdoors with an audience and pilots for indoor performances with a limited socially-distanced audience
• Stage Four: Performances allowed indoors and outdoors (but with a limited socially-distanced audience indoors)
• Stage Five: Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)

As of 15 August, we are at Stage Four of the roadmap, with indoor performances allowed to return with limited audiences in England (check guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in case there’s variation).

Düsseldorf’s Arena

In Germany, a concert at the Düsseldorf’s arena is going to take place on September 4, adopting a smaller scale model and of course taking the necessary meassures to stay safe lik strict social distancing and hygiene rules.

While some people believe that it’s too soon and it’s not a good idea, the music industry lives thanks to live performances and events, that’s why ever since the whole Covid 19 pandemic began, the music industry has been one of the arts that has taken the biggest blows, and recovering also means recovering soon.

According to Marek Lieberberg, these events are necessary in order for the industry to survive, and that the necessary precautions are being taken so there should be no problems.

Without major events, Lieberberg fears the industry may not survive. He hasn’t seen a government plan to gradually make major events possible again. Cologne’s Lanxess-Arena has started with smaller concerts of up to 2,400 concertgoers. For Lieberberg, this is not an option, not in the least for financial reasons. “We can’t organize a concert designed for 10,000 people for 1,000. We have certain sales capacities for these events” he said.

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Music can give people hope, if everyone manages to do things with enough precautions, music could take back the stage sooner rather than later.

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The world of today has a big problem, which consists in blurring the line between a person’s work as an artist and their personal lives, which in turn begs the question, do we judge artists by their deeds and who they are as a person or their work.

Sometimes even actors suffer the consecuences of actions that are not their own, but characters they portrayed, which seems nonsensical but it does happen. However we will focus on musicians, and if it’s ok to judge someone because of something in their personal lives and stop listening to their music just because of that.

Of course there are crimes, there are personal opinions and there are little mistakes, but as listeners we have to ask ourselves where we draw the line between the artist and the music.

This is a very delicate subject nowadays and it’s amazing how fast a person’s career can get completely destroyed just because of one bad thing, and an apology just won’t do it.

There are many little things that contaminate how people perceive famous figures such as musicians, and as time goes by their exposure to the world gets more and more private, this combined with the feeling of power that social media gives to its users, as in, saying what their truth.

Political Opinions

One of the most common scenarios is when musicians express their political opinions and preferences.

The idea that musicians should have an obligation to speak truth to power is problematic. It is not only naïve, but unfair to those who choose musical entertainment as their way to put food on the table.

Fraser G. McNeill, the onversation.com

This is something that should be avoided sometimes, while musicians tend to occupy a stage, they also have a metaphorical stage where their opinions have more influence than others.

My research has pointed to another, perhaps unpopular, fact. Many musicians simply do not care about politics. They class themselves as entertainers and actively avoid politics.

Fraser G. McNeill, theconversation.com

It is possible to just steer away from politics and just make music for everyone to enjoy, the thing is which subjects to touch and how to handle them.

Private Life and Music

Respecting a musician’s private life and his opinions seems such a simple idea but it often becomes the “real person” and the place where people judge them. The thing is in the end, musicians make an alter ego, not just because it’s fun, but because it’s necessary when engaging with so many people. The most important thing is also forgotten sometimes, which is the music.

It is easier still to separate artist from art in the case of purely instrumental music, which further removes the influence of the artist’s beliefs. Furthermore, it’s worth considering that many singer-songwriters portray themselves as a character different from themselves. I doubt all of the ‘sad’ lyrics in songs by bands such as Slipknot, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails are directly reflective of the lyricists’ lives. This is certainly the case in hip-hop. Tyler the Creator, Eminem and N.W.A are all rappers who operate under guises, or at the very least exaggerate their own character.

Fred Savage

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t condemn serious crimes or any wrong behaviour, but try to separate the music from the artist as listeners. Of course there is a connection between the music and the person who made it, but as it reaches its listeners it aquires new meaning and interpretations.

In the end we just have to understand that famous musicians are only human, they are no saints or sinners, you may like them as a person or not, but the music is another story.

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There comes a point in the journey of a musician when it’s not just about playing with an instrument and learning, there is a lot of trial and error, boring parts, persistence, necessary rest and a few more battles which sometimes can take a toll on creativity and the natural flow of composition and music making.

This burn-out can come in many forms but the most common is when music has become your job or a main objective in life, this makes the time for music very precious and makes us think as musicians that we have to make the most of it.

Burn-out is is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that is often caused by stress. It happens when you feel overwhelmed, drained and tired. In music this sort of attitude will take away your motivation and even make you doubt why you chose to be a musician in the first place.

In order to accomplish the general goal of a musician, there are some obstacles to overcome that can become very tiring and can potentially trigger this burn-out state.

The great Prog. Rock band Rush, experienced this at one point during their career, singer and bassist Geddy Lee said:

“Neil wasn’t too happy then, but neither was the rest of us, we were burned out on tour and not playing too well and not caring about it—that’s the worst. You just go on stage and do another show, but you’re not all there. It’s too much on automatic pilot.”

Composition

Composition is the first step when making music, and it’s usually not that frustrating, unless you find yourself stuck and no creativity comes from your mind. At this point many musicians sometimes go against this feeling directly only to find themselves with greater frustration and eventually feel burned out.

Recording

Recording music can be one of the longest most frustrating parts of music, not only because you have to perform the best way possible, but also all the technical things around it makes every detail a very particular weight to carry.

Support

Having people you care about support you in what you do is always important, this is no different when it comes to music. This sort of support can come in the form of family, friends and love interests.

Not only will the people around you make you stronger but also the people who listens to your music, as this will reinforce the fact that you are indeed making good music, and it’s not just support from people who loves you.

Money Making

It shouldn’t be that common for musicians to feel burned out right? it’s supposed to be something to feel happy, feel good no matter how much deep in the music industry you are as a musician, but in many cases today, music can be just about making money, and when art becomes a product everything else starts to fall apart.

Even in the early stages of a musicians project, there has to be a second source of income, so that music isn’t shackled by the basic needs, even though it may be able to cover them later on.

Make music because you love music.

The Life Outside Music Making

Getting obsessed with “getting things done” is often one of the biggest mistakes when it comes to preventing being burned out. Of course things have to get done, and more often than not you can’t decide to have all the time in the world, however, sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from music and just enjoy everything else.

Taking some time to practice something else, whether it is another art, a sport, or a hobby, will not just make you relax but also find inspiration for your music.

In the end music speaks about everything that happens in life, if a musician tries to make something from nothing without even a spark of inspiration from something that he lived, then nothing will come to life and he will most likely feel burned out.

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