This COVID-19 situation is sure taking its toll on the local economy. Small businesses are sure to feel the brunt of it in a very short amount of time. With people choosing to stay home, as suggested, our small business owners are scambling to come up with new ideas to pay the bills over the coming months. Restaurants were recently limited to take out and delivery with a ban on serving in their dining rooms, bars will need to completely close. This development poses a whole other issue for the career musician, a staple in many of our local restaurants, taverns and eateries. Just like you may spend eight plus hours a day grinding away to put food on the table for your family, a local singer/songwriter may be humming and strumming 4 or 5 nights a week to provide for their family or suppliment their income thus working two, maybe three jobs. A month or two of cancelled gigs and lost wages can certainly but a strain on our local entertainers. But there are things we can all do to help ease the burden and offer some small relief. A thank you, if you will, for lifitng us up when we are in need of a little music therapy.
1. Buy their music and merch online. Many local singer/songwriters offer their music digitally, or would be happy to send you a CD. Many bands sell merch, or tshirts, hats, etc... SWAG if you wil. Most Facebook pages will offer links to these items. Here's a few to get you started...
If We Go At All
We Were Astronauts
2. Many local musicians are holding "socially safe" concerts during their downtime. The simple act of "attending" these events can be a huge morale booster. There will also be an opportunity to donate tips. Here's ja few upcoming shows...
4. Consider hiring a local musician for an upcoming house party, backyard BBQ, or special event. Book them now to secure a date and pay them up front.
5. Finally, give to the Local Lowdown COVID-19 Relief Fund. This may not pay all the bills but it can certainly help. And the more people who give just a little will make all the difference in the world. Visit the page HERE