Country music artists ask for support after Omicron puts industry ‘in crisis’ | The daily leader of the North

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JUST when artists thought 2022 was the light at the end of the tunnel, the spread of Omicron has once again brought the music industry to crisis point. The postponement of the Tamworth Country Music Festival (TCMF) from January to April has been the tipping point for many country music artists, who need support now more than ever. Manila’s Tracy Coster has been on the country music scene since she was 13, and last week the 2022 Golden Guitar nominee launched her new album Southerly Change at Austin Tourist Park. After losing several of his gigs in January, Coster described the current state of the industry as “in crisis.” “We need help. The problem is that people have to eat by April. That’s our biggest concern,” she said. As they actively plan for the April event, TCMF organizers are also working closely with Support Act, a charity that provides relief services to artists, artist managers, crew and music workers who cannot work due to health issues, injuries, mental health issues or other crises, such as COVID-19. Festival organizer Barry Harley says there has been a significant impact on the live music industry over the past two years. “We understand that the postponement of the festival by just one week from its scheduled start date has been another blow to the industry, so we want to support those affected as much as possible during these difficult times,” a- he declared. READ ALSO: A donation page has been set up to support impacted artists. The charity also encourages people to buy albums and merchandise directly from artists. Support Act CEO Clive Miller said the charity has awarded more than 15,000 relief grants to music and performing arts workers worth more than $35 million, thanks to the financial support received from the Australian government. “Many music workers are also testing positive for COVID-19 and are being forced into self-isolation, causing them to lose extremely significant income,” he said. “This is putting enormous pressure on an industry that is still struggling to recover after nearly two years of pandemic-related challenges.” But country music artists like Tracy Coster don’t believe government support filters down to musicians. “That’s definitely not the case for me. Most people I’ve talked to — record producers, other musicians — seem like they’ve been let down,” she said. “Every direction where help has been available hasn’t translated to the music industry at all. We’re going into three years without income.” The sport has gone on forever. We had cricket, we had tennis, we had football. There is no difference between sitting next to each other to watch sports on TV or sitting next to each other to watch someone play music. It’s not right.” She said moving on to a different career is just not an option for many country music singers. “I’m a second-generation country singer. It’s in my blood. Music isn’t what I do, it’s who I am,” she said. TCMF will run from April 18-24. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. our trusted content: