54 minutes | Nov 9th 2020

Episode 146 - Apocalypse Neu! Covid vs Music Special with Vicki Henry

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This week we welcome back our good friend Vicki Henry as we finally get with the programme and talk about the impact covid-19 and the ongoing global pandemic are having on music and the arts right now. It is Unsung vs the Coronavirus and by god are we coming out swinging.

A word of warning though, there are some slight audio issues. Still working out some of the kinks that are inevitable parts of our guest’s setups. Looking forward to being able to get back in a room together so that the only issues we need to worry about are when someone farts.

Anyway, to wit - this week we’re chatting about how arts funding and the careers of many artists are in jeopardy given the current state of that world. It’s something that not only opens us up to the possibility of many venues closing, labels going bus and bands ceasing to exist, but it also calls into question the very nature of arts funding (as well as who gets and why), as well as the general sustainability of being an “artist”, whatever that means. It’s clear that there are certain kinds of artists out there whose livelihoods are at risk in the midst of the ongoing global bastard. We go deep into who the affected are, why they are affected, and ponder more generally on the notion of art as a commodity.

We go deep in this one folks. Things get philosophical. And ranty. But it’s fun!

We’re hoping to do some more of this kind of content in future (not about covid but more probing content in general) so do let us know what you think!

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