Working in Music and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Third Call for Blog Posts [Extended Deadline]

As an international research network on musical work, we have gathered our resources to document the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the cultural sector for more than a year. We have collected insightful data, ranging from personal thoughts to interviews, to exploratory analysis. The variety of blog posts offered insights on crisis management documenting the professional situation of music workers in different contexts (Brazil, Peru, Chile, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Scotland and the UK). We also received tips and reflections on undertaking music research during confinement from scholars from Spain and Finland.

Music industry crew went on a demonstration to raise awareness about the threat of job losses in the sector, on 17 September 2020 in Barcelona. Movimiento Alerta Roja (Red Alert) @Alvaro Monge.

We now, instead of the impact of the pandemic, want to focus the attention on how different actors from the music sector have managed the crisis: musicians, crew, venues, guild organizations, governments, etc. What types of actions have they developed?  What have they achieved? What is left after a year-long pandemic? To answer some of these questions we launched our third call for blog posts, encouraging scholars studying musical work to submit short pieces on the topic of managing the crisis at three different levels:1) Musical workers’ organization and collective actions, 2) Political management of the crisis, and 3) Career paths of musical workers. We accept descriptive think pieces or interviews with musical workers. We especially encourage interviews with women working in music, to continue our Women in Music series

We have extended the deadline until late August and we accept blog post proposals between 250 and 750 words, in English, French and Spanish. We publicize all published posts on our Twitter account (@working_music) and our mailing list (subscribe here).

If you write in English or French, please send your piece (in Word format) to Gabrielle Kielich (gabrielle.kielich[at]mail.mcgill.ca) or, if you write in Spanish, to Eileen Karmy (eileen.karmy[at]upla.cl).

We are always open to publishing longer articles on the wider topic of working in music. See this guideline.

For more details, please refer to the Third Call for Blog Posts:

English version

French version

Spanish version


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