It’s not just the loss of live shows that rocked the multibillion-dollar concert industry this year. It was everything that came with it — industry workers’ livelihoods disappearing, album sales declining and venues being forced to shutter their doors for good. Even global music streaming services have seen a quarter-to-quarter decline.
Back in May, as the pandemic spread like wildfire across the U.S., the consequential implosion of the touring industry left live music in shambles. To many, the future of concerts was devastatingly unclear.
Mary Kay Huse had a different perspective.