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CMU Insights at the Edinburgh Fringe: Future Of Live Music debate this Friday

By | Published on Wednesday 12 August 2020

Given it’s August, in normal times the Edinburgh Festival would now be in full effect. Obviously, it’s not happening this year because of COVID-19, though some of the city’s summer festivals – and many of the performers, producers and venues usually involved in the Edinburgh Fringe – are presenting an assortment of shows and events online instead.

How do we know this? Because our sister publication, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, is busy tipping some of those online shows, and talking to some of the people behind them. You can check all that right now right here.

As part of all that, the Edinburgh Fringe Society is presenting a series of online panels and talks putting the spotlight on the business of making theatre, comedy, music, musicals and all sorts of other cultural delights. You can check the full programme here.

And as part of all that, CMU Insights has teamed up with the Fringe Society to present a free panel discussion on the future of live music, this Friday at 2.30pm.

Over an hour, that discussion will review the major impact COVID-19 has had on the live music sector, and how artists, promoters, venues and managers have dealt with those huge challenges. But more importantly, it will also consider what might happen once the COVID-19 shutdown is over and live music resumes.

Will everything return to normal or will the way artists tour, and the way the live music industry works, be changed forever? Will there be any positives to draw from this difficult period and, if so, how might those positives feed into the Edinburgh Fringe’s own live music offering?

CMU’s Chris Cooke will be joined by music journalist Arusa Qureshi, Jamie Sutherland from Broken Records and Summerhall, Mark Howe from the band The Neutrinos, and Ric Salmon from ATC Management.

You can sign up to watch that panel discussion for free via Zoom here.