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My gigs, what few solo ones I had booked, are gone or on hold pending...California is on lockdown...no side money to be had...I'm sure most, if not all, of you are in the same boat, so if you want to air your feelings, this is as good a place as any...:wave:

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I played March 16th, and that's been that. It was arguably the largest lounge in my town, so social distancing was not an issue. Oddly enough it was a really good night. Afterwards, the bartender joke

like a kidney stone...

Florida started opening the businesses up, even though I haven't seen a lowering of cases in the counties that surround me. Charlotte County has a 10% fatality and Sarasota County is 13.2% fatality. A

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We seem to be in as good a place as any where we are, government were quick to get on top of things with disinfecting public transport/places etc. Bars and restaurants have closed but are still all providing delivery services as well as offering to do shopping, paying bills etc for anyone struggling. All shops are still open and fully stocked with no indication of panic buying seen elsewhere. Sun is out and it's getting warmer every day so generally just chilling. 

Of course my heart goes out to less fortunate and we do count our blessings being here. All the best to all of my Harmony Central friends hopefully it will pass sooner than later.

Much love Steve 

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The second week of March is when I started getting cancellation calls from retirement facilities. All of those gigs were cancelled until further notice and this has been my main source of income. I was still counting on my St. Patty's day gig but on March 16 our Governor announced that all restaurants will have to close it's doors to patrons. So this also cancelled a gig our band had lined up. $1000+ loss of revenue for the month of March is the result so far.

I didn't have a lot of gigs lined up for April, but still nearly another $1000 worth. I've been quite frugal for years so I have an emergency fund/nest egg but I'm open to ideas on other income opportunities.

I'm keeping as isolated as possible in the meantime. Stay safe everyone.

 

 

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as much as  I got to disliking it, I was considering giving private lessons...but they've closed the local music store now...so I am back to square one.

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So far none of my gigs have been cancelled. My band doesn't have anything on the books until May. Unless things get better real soon I expect we will lose at least some of them. We have about 35 booked from the beginning of May until about mid October. These pay me from about $350.00-$500.00 a gig. Right now I still have a day job doing construction not sure for how long. One of our gigs was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We are scheduled to play a 50th anniversary party at the end of July. The gig is in Long island New York. The couple is planning on flying us out from Montana in a private jet, paying for rooms ,food, and having someone  show us the sights for a day before we return home. 

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hello all,

haven't been on here in years.  I was effected by this shutdown, as with every musician. my gigging season usually runs from October till early May. I was playing 23 dates in March and 20 dates in April. I lost 35 total dates for those 2 months. All were good money private parties (ticket sales) averaging 300 people. the corporate jobs just cancelled days ahead of the gigs and no compensation. The other jobs were cancelled, but a majority sent me a check for the cancellation. they had tickets sold and offered everybody a refund, but most wanted the entertainment to have it. Other future jobs asked if they could send me a deposit so i would have some cash flow. All venues re-booked for next year, so once we get through this, I'll be back on track again.

i have a decent youtube channel that gets me some income per month thanks to a couple viral videos. its not much, but its something. i will be adding more videos of my original music these next few weeks. hopefully, one of those will take off and go viral as well. cover songs only pay 3rd party revenue, so you might have a 2-3 million view song. you're only getting 1/3 of the revenue because its not your song. so....more originals is where its at.

never thought i would be out of work. no matter how bad the economy is, there was always a need for music to help the people get their minds off their troubles. there was always a concert or benefit to play to get people together. well...this isnt possible with everybody locked down at home.

i collected instruments over the year and was always able to sell something if i needed quick money without dipping into my savings. with every musician out of work, nobody will be buying anything big  till the virus has cleared up.  if this situation last for 3-4 months, you'll be able to buy gear for pennys on the dollar.

hope everybody is staying safe and healthy.

Jay

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Jay, thanks for stopping by...I am hopeful that gear selling will not be necessary for most musicians, because it is a sad and painful form of triage; I had to do it to make child support and alimony payments way back when, and I gave up some nicer gear because it fetched the best return, not necessarily because I didn't need the instrument/pedal/amp.

These are unprecedented dark times for modern society, not just for musicians, but bar and restaurant workers, office workers [anyone who ever worked from a home office knows the sense of isolation and the distractions], cleaning staff, and a huge shout out to the healthcare workers [like my 3 S-I-Ls, all RNs, and my oldest daughter, an RN in training] who are going out there daily putting themselves at risk. Also, for all the parents struggling to deal with the closure of schools and daycare centers, try to find ways to make your kids feel safe, that they are not being punished, but protected...not an easy thing to do, I'm sure.

I am hoping that when we come out the other side of this, you all will still be here...

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On 3/22/2020 at 7:58 AM, daddymack said:

as much as  I got to disliking it, I was considering giving private lessons...but they've closed the local music store now...so I am back to square one.

 

You might be able to offer private lessons via Skype or similar videoconferencing, but I fear the hard part would be finding students. :( 

 

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All my gigs have been cancelled. I probably won't work until Halloween.

Gigging is my primary source of income. March is usually the biggest money month of the year and it has been nearly zip thanks to COVID.

So we are practicing "Economic Self-Isolation" and staying home as much as possible.

Leilani and I have a 'moonlighting' job writing aftermarket plug-ins for the auto accompaniment app, Band-in-a-Box. So as we go on self-quarantine we are working 10-12 hours a day keeping ourselves busy creating new product. Two problems with that (1) no money comes in until the zillions of hours of writing and testing are complete and  (2) we sell to musicians, many of whom are out of work.

But we enjoy each other's company, 24/7 together is not enough time to spend with each other, so it's pleasant work. When we aren't being productive, we're goofing off together.

Like any self-employed person, we have a reserve savings for work stoppages. I hate to draw on it, because then there is no reserve, so we are living close to the bone, only spending for necessities.

We're keeping our health up so that if we do get COVID, most likely it will be a mild case. We both catch colds every 15 years or so, and colds are corona caused.

What else can you do? Just hunker down, try to make best decisions, and persevere because "this too will pass."

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Yes, It's tough. I had all gigs cancelled also. I was starting to get something together to play summer gigs at the Jersey Shore but that's "washed out" now. Hope this ends soon! Hope you guys stay OK. Been gigging since the 1970's. Never anything like this.

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1 hour ago, rockkdog13 said:

Yes, It's tough. I had all gigs cancelled also. I was starting to get something together to play summer gigs at the Jersey Shore but that's "washed out" now. Hope this ends soon! Hope you guys stay OK. Been gigging since the 1970's. Never anything like this.

Yes, let's hope they find a viable treatment quickly, so we can all try to get back to something resembling "normal" soon. 

BTW, welcome to Harmony Central. :welcome:

Stay safe!

 

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Like everyone else our gigs have been cancelled. For my wife and I it's hobby "travel" money. No one is traveling now.

She's a medical professional who's been able to work from home while I'm still going in because, "Early last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security defined the work we do in Mission Systems as essential to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. military", so there's that. It's certainly been weird around here, cleaning crews all over, people who can are working from home. Last week there were people identified positive for COVID-19 in a manufacturing area so they, and others who may have been exposed were sent home to quarantine. Yesterday I was over at the main plant and they've shut one whole huge manufacturing area down and sent everyone there home while an outside cleaning crew is scheduled to come in there, I don't even know what lead to that.

Anyway, we've been ordering take out most every night to help support local businesses that are really taking a beating while bar and restaurant dining areas are closed. There will be tough economic times ahead for everyone!

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I played March 16th, and that's been that. It was arguably the largest lounge in my town, so social distancing was not an issue. Oddly enough it was a really good night. Afterwards, the bartender joked that I was like a musician on the Titanic, playing tunes while the ship went down. The manager also bought me a beer at the end of the night (only the second one in three years) and wished me well. I've been playing the gig for three plus years, and specifically,  every Monday for over two years. I had never missed a Monday. It was very strange not playing there this past Monday.

Lately, I had been loosing lounge gigs to DJ's, so my gig count had gone down, maybe 15 gigs a month,  but now all my end of March gigs and April gigs have been cancelled. One of my favourite  yearly gigs was playing a 45 minute (sometimes less) set of Jazz standards with great musicians, to a great crowd, and free drinks! All for $200 each. They actually are paying us half: now that's classy.

Anyway, I have emergency savings, and I had also  planned on doing a little CD, so I guess I could use those funds if I had to. The trouble and strife has a pretty good pension, and my kid still lives at home and still has a job, so I don't have to worry about that... I've only had two vacations in twenty-five years, so while this pandemic is of course, a life and death situation, and a very serious economic hardship for many, I am in some ways relishing the time off.  I just wish it wasn't under these circumstances.

Take care all, and stay safe.

 

 

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specialist are saying that concerts and dances will be the last thing to re-open. they tend to think sometime around the fall of 2021. hope you all have other ways of making money or have put some $$$ away to last you for over a year. I imagine most of you have a regular job and this is just a paid hobby. But for the guys and gals that do this fulltime, it could get testy if you dont have a backup plan

https://consequenceofsound.net/2020/04/health-expert-concerts-wont-return-fall-2021/

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Gigging is my primary source of income.

My house is paid for, I have 3 car payments left, and when they are paid, I am completely debt free. Self-employed people need to live below their means. I do.

I have savings put a way for out of work times and emergencies. Self-employed people need to do that.I do that.

I'm old enough for social security. With no debts, I can live on that.

I also have a part time job writing aftermarket tools/toys for the music auto-accompaniment app, Band-in-a-Box. I suspect it will turn into full-time. A self-employed person needs more than one stream of income. I do that.

But gigging is my life. My first gig was when I was in junior high school. I went full-time as soon as a got out of school. Since then I took two short-lived 'day jobs' investigating what it was to lead a normal life and found out normal is very overrated. :D

I have no regrets for choosing music as my livelihood.

I hope my musician brethren all survive this plague.

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i am not admitting defeat, but to say im dismayed would be a bit understated. ive worked over 6 years, diligently carving out my own niche in an obscure market, doing completely original material. early november, 2019, had me anxiously looking at a calendar with two dates for the coming season...  by mid december i was being careful to not overbook.   my least lucrative weekend was booked $4500.   as it stands, ive been doing live feeds on facebook whenever the mood strikes...  usually sunrise, sunset, or 3:00 am ish...   ive shifted focus to gardening, maybe all those years studying botany and horticulture will come in handy for something.  

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I've been posting videos on facebook. i was asked by my followers on my facebook to add a paypal.me link so they can send me a virtual tip.

I had money put away for emergency, just like the situation we are dealing with. i always thought it would be for a physical ailment or injury.

i've been trying to sign up for unemployment. website is useless. it keeps kicking me off. i've even tried late at night 3am. i need to call and talk to a person to describe my situation. i have contracts of every gig. the agency is so backlogged, i cant get an answer.

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19 hours ago, leftyjay said:

I've been posting videos on facebook. i was asked by my followers on my facebook to add a paypal.me link so they can send me a virtual tip.

I had money put away for emergency, just like the situation we are dealing with. i always thought it would be for a physical ailment or injury.

i've been trying to sign up for unemployment. website is useless. it keeps kicking me off. i've even tried late at night 3am. i need to call and talk to a person to describe my situation. i have contracts of every gig. the agency is so backlogged, i cant get an answer.

It took me and Leilani a total of about 32 hours in 3 days to get into Florida Unemployment (reemployment).

The system was designed by order of Rick Scott (the governor who when he was head of a hospital that had the biggest Medicare fraud scam in the history of Medicare). People elected the crook for governor twice and now as a senator. I don't understand that one.

In order to make his unemployment numbers look good while he was governor, he designed a system that would make it impossible for anyone who either does not have a computer or does not have at least a full day's patience to file for unemployment. The system is designed to crash, to take up to 5 minutes between clicking "next" and having the next page load and lose data when crashing. Anyone at a library trying to file because they don't have their own computer, cannot file, as you cannot commandeer a library computer for 10-15 hours.

The system is so famously wrong, I recently read about it in both the UK newspaper "The Guardian" and "The BBC". We're number one at something -- screwing the people who need the help the most. In addition Florida's is among the lowest pay and shortest duration in the nation. All this from both a slightly liberal and slightly conservative UK news services. There is plenty to back this up in the USA, but it strikes me as remarkable that we are the embarrassment of the English speaking world.

My advice, pack a lunch, start at 9AM (system is usually down between 8 and 9), gather up all the patience you have, and plan to be there until almost midnight before you complete the form.

Our newest governor DeSantis says he is putting more servers on-line, but still, the system is designed to fail. I don't know if they are trying to rewrite the code behind the scenes or not.

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Don't laugh you guys but I took up harmonica during the down time. I am not great but I can now add something extra when things come back. In New Jersey, the shore, like other shore areas is where it's at. This summer is not looking good at all. I will keep practicing the harp.

Hoping things change and we all get surprised for the better. Good health to you all.

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On 4/16/2020 at 12:24 AM, Voltan said:

  as it stands, ive been doing live feeds on facebook whenever the mood strikes...  usually sunrise, sunset, or 3:00 am ish...   ive shifted focus to gardening, maybe all those years studying botany and horticulture will come in handy for something.  

Voltan, I have been trying to hear you do your thing for years, how do I find you on FB? 

Cheers Steve

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Yes it's really hard to say when gigs might start flowing again. Maybe not until a vaccine. Having said that, I know of one fellow solo musician, that got flown (in a helicopter) over to a town to do a parking lot serenade. He played 15 or 20 minutes in a parking lot to a third floor balcony (with small PA) and then got flown home. I'm assuming social distancing and/or a personal protective device was used on the helicopter. Maybe "Rapunzel" gigs are the wave of the future.

As I mentioned, and as have others, I've been saving for emergencies. Just didn't know it would be for the Zombie Apocalypse.

In Canada we have the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit which bridges the gap for self employed and gig workers. It pays a taxable benefit of $2000 every four weeks, currently for a maximum of  four payments. It's not a bundle but it's way better than nothing. And kudos to the programmers. As long as you have filed your taxes and have an online tax account, the whole process takes under three minutes! I feel for folks like Notes that have to jump through their EI... hurdles. In BC we also have some rental and other reliefs, although I own, so they don't apply to me.

Other than that, I think I'll start working on Xmas tunes. Just not sure if they'll be for Xmas 2020 or Xmas 2021... 

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I went from $700- $800 a week playing background piano in restaurants, to nothing (like everyone else here). PO'd at myself for not having an "essential" vocation to fall back on. I'm using the downtime to nail down some long-worked on pieces, develop my harmonica skills, learn DAW recording, and reevaluate if my singing really does hopelessly suck. Got a crawfish boil band gig booked in April, so far it's still on.

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