Campaign initiative I Lost My Gig has now estimated that our music and creative industries have lost over $100 million in revenue amid the ever-growing coronavirus pandemic. This figure has quadrupled since their initial reports a couple of days back.
According to the site’s latest stats, 65,000 events have been cancelled and 380,000 people have been impacted as a result. “The music industry is in crisis,” the initiative’s latest media release states, “and as uncertainty rips through it and its ancillary industries, urgent help is needed to stave off devastating job losses and irreparable damage to the sector.”
I Lost My Gig was launched by several music industry groups and networks, including the Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association, to track the impact that the Australian bushfires and, now, coronavirus have had on our nation’s creative industries.
“We’re working hard to find ways to support people and businesses who have been affected,” the site reads, “so leave your details so we can connect with you in the future about funding opportunities and other support.”
I Lost My Gig encourages traders and business impacted by cancellation to lodge the appropriate information onto the site. If this applies to you, here’s the form to fill out.Image: Getty Images / Martin Philbey