May 6th 2021, 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
Music, Platforms, and the Pandemic: How do we go forward? How can policy help?
Chair: Christina Baade (McMaster University)
This panel examines the impact of the pandemic on Canadian music making, music institutions and industries, and musical livelihoods—and how musicians and music communities are responding. The panelists will take up two key lines of inquiry: 1) What has been the role of online platforms in pandemic musical life? How have musicians used platforms to sustain communities and livelihoods? How has the turn to platforms strengthened corporate power (what corporations? what sorts of power?)? How have platforms in the pandemic reinforced and/or challenged longstanding inequalities in music cultures and industries. 2) As we look toward life after the pandemic, what do musicians and others involved in musicking need? What have been the limitations of cultural and media policy in Canada before the pandemic? What sorts of policy would help musicians, including those from marginalized communities and equity seeking groups, survive and thrive?