Category Archives: Live Music

The Impacts of Covid-19 on the Live Music Industries: A Sample of Academic Projects Taking Place Across Europe

After a couple of months on planing, the IASPM event I organised on the impacts of Covid-19 on the European Music Industries took place yesterday. The event featured six speakers, from Wales, England, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands. This work … Continue reading

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Paul Carr Presentation to Culture Welsh Language and Communications Committee: The Live Music Industry in Wales Post Pandemic

The following text is a transcript of the talk that I gave to the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Commitee in November 2020. Amongst other things, it provides a brief context of the music industries pre and post pandemic, followed … Continue reading

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Live Music in Wales: A Report for the Culture Welsh Language and Communications Commitee

This last week has been a busy one for me, with my report on the impact of live music in Wales released, just a few days before I gave evidence to the Culture Welsh Language and Communications Commitee. In order … Continue reading

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The Welsh Music Industries in a Post Covid World: Reopening and Recovery Strategies

Those of you that read this blog, may remember that near the start of the pandemic I wrote a few posts about the impact of Covid-19 on the music industry – then it went quiet…. Just to explain that the … Continue reading

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Grassroots Music Support: Wales Leading the Way in UK

As reported in a variety of sources this week, The Music Venue Trust (MVT)  called on the UK Government for a £50 million financial injection to assist the grassroots music sector over the coming months, in addition to a three year VAT … Continue reading

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Covid19 and the Music Industry: Reflections toward the end of June 2020

This is the 3rd blog I have written intending to take stock of the various impacts Covid 19 has had on the music sector. Related news this week included discussions around the initial guidelines proposed concerning musicians returning to work, with … Continue reading

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Music Musings on Covid19: Part 2

This week’s news has featured a number of headlines related to Covid19, ranging from AEGs announcements of its intention to make some staff redundant, Travis McCready performing America’s first post lockdown gig, Eventbrite being sued as a result of its … Continue reading

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Live Music Strategy For Cardiff: Lets Pay our Young Musicians

It was interesting to read the Sound Diplomacy recommendations into the ways in which Cardiff can become the UKs first music city. Firstly, I have to say, that if these recommendations are taken forward, there is no question they will … Continue reading

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The State of Grassroot Music Venues: One Hand Giveth, while the other Taketh it Away

When the 2012 Live Music Act became law, I was encouraged that grassroots music could now be showcased in a venue with a capacity of no more than 200 (recently amended to 500), without the proprietor applying for a license. … Continue reading

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The Nostalgia Popular Music Market: Why do we prefer live over recorded?

As we move toward the third decade since the millennium celebrations, the interrelationship of music and nostalgia continues to be profound. Perhaps the best example of this includes the clear visibility of ‘vintage’ artists in worldwide ticket sales, with Bruce … Continue reading

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