March marked one full year with no live music in Boston (or anywhere for that matter). And there’s still a long road ahead for Boston’s music community.
I’ve written about the New England Musicians Relief Fund here before. They’re doing all they can to help out-of-work musicians negotiate and survive the Coronavirus pandemic. And while Boston is slowly reopening, it’s going to take quite some time for local artists to get back to thriving in the city, as outlined by this Boston Globe article. And let’s not forget the support staff that surrounds these artists. Live Nation’s Crew Nation Relief Fund is still going strong and in need of support.
Think of it this way: later this year, you’ll be able to spend money on concert tickets. Right now, you can’t. So why not take some of your concert budget now and give it directly to artists and support staff in need? Click here to give to the NEMRF, and click here to give to Crew Nation. Live music will return. Let’s make sure the people who are responsible for making it will be able to when it does.