Bonn, March 17th 2020
So things have been bizarre in the past week. Last friday most of my upcoming shows were cancelled in a matter of hours. Saturday I went busking, kind of as a panicky reaction to the fact that an important source of my income would fall through for an unforeseeable period of time. On sunday my shift at a local bar was cut short, because nobody came in. Yesterday was my last shift in that bar for a while, because we might be forced to close down or at least reduce the service shifts for a bit.
And yes, that is a selfish way of looking at things. I know these are difficult times for all of us. I hope you and your loved ones are ok and the rules currently in place help to protect those most vulnerable to the Corona threat. Here’s also to not panicking about what’s going on and being kind to each other and rational about what to do.
That being said, especially for people working in the arts and anyone self-employed, this situation feels increasingly ominous. In our field of work there is little to no job security and we heavily rely on people gathering together and sharing experiences.
So if you don’t mind, I would like to say a few things about what is going on in the life of anyone in the creative sector right now, just to explain why some of the people around you might be struggling and what you might be able to do to help.
The musicians in your life for example will not be able to play shows at the moment. For most of us that (and selling merchandise) is our most important source of income though, since nowadays you do not really make money from music sales and streams as a musician (for every stream on Spotify the artist earns between 0,006 and 0,0084 $). Not being able to perform live and not knowing when to be able to resume the gigs will result in them getting creative about how they can distribute their art. That is where they rely on your support. There is also a good opportunity to profit from that for you. Musicians might be streaming live shows on the internet, set up a patreon or crowdfunding page, a shop, work for commission, busk, you name it.
So, if you want to help, here’s what you can do:
– check out your favourite artist’s/place-of-culture’s/etc. social media to see what they come up with and how they would like to be supported
– look them up on Patreon or similar websites
– sign petitions for state-funded relief efforts
– be kind and supportive – emotional support means the world at the moment and kindness is a very valuable currency in general
For me personally, that means that I will try to do a lot more online. I will be writing songs on commission fo example. For 50€ I will write and record a song for you about (almost) any topic you choose. Hit me up.
I also have a patreon page that features fun behind-the-scenes content as a reward. If you would like to check that out, here’s a link: www.patreon.com/claraclasen
Feeling overwhelmed and helpless, I also wrote a song about it yesterday. Here it is:
#loveyourlocalartscene in Times of Corona
Sending all the love and strength I can muster to you, wherever you are and however this situation affects you. ❤
Let’s make this work somehow.
The picture accompanying this post was taken by Fabian Siepen.