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Survey of Jazz Musicians in Pandemic’s Wake Yields Gloomy Results

More than 50% of the musicians responding to Jazzfuel's survey have no gigs booked for 2021

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An empty Village Vanguard (photo: John Abbott)

Jazzfuel.com, a jazz advocacy website run by Paris-based manager and booking agent Matt Fripp, published on October 13 the results of an international survey of 266 jazz musicians. The survey asked musicians for details of how they are dealing with the fallout from the global COVID pandemic.

Among the survey’s dispiriting findings are:

  • On average, a jazz musician has canceled 35.5 gigs so far in 2020.
  • 56% of pre-COVID income came from live performance.
  • 61% of musicians will see a reduction in income by at least half in 2020.
  • Musicians lost an average of US$12,079.
  • 49% of musicians have performed at least one livestream concert since lockdown; 37% intend to continue doing so.
  • 55% of jazz musicians surveyed have booked no live performances in 2021.
  • On a scale of 1-10, musicians rated their optimism for the coming year at an average of 4.2.

Fifty-nine percent of musicians surveyed are based in Europe, with 35% in North America.

Complete results, as well as data visualization and background notes, can be found at jazzfuel.com/covid-jazz-survey.

Read more about how the pandemic is affecting the jazz community in these JazzTimes articles:

Viral Strain: Jazz Copes with the Coronavirus

Welcome to the New Regime: Jazz Educators Step Up to Face COVID-19 Challenges

Jazz Clubs in Crisis