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Nashville musicians, recovering from tornadoes, face COVID-19 cancellations

Colleen Phelps Apr 6, 2020
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Popular live music venue The Basement East, in East Nashville, was severely damaged by a tornado on March 3, 2020. Rachel Iacavone
COVID-19

Nashville musicians, recovering from tornadoes, face COVID-19 cancellations

Colleen Phelps Apr 6, 2020
Popular live music venue The Basement East, in East Nashville, was severely damaged by a tornado on March 3, 2020. Rachel Iacavone
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Nashville, Tennessee like much of the country, is under orders to stay at home. But the city is also dealing with the aftermath of a deadly tornado that struck in early March. Nashville’s musicians were just getting ready ready to start playing again after those tornadoes when COVID-19 precautions led to a stream of cancellations. With venues closed and honky-tonks quiet, the music industry is facing massive setbacks. The music industry in the Nashville area is worth roughly $10 billion a year. It includes roadies, lighting designers, stagehands, photographers — and as shows gets cancelled, they don’t get paid.

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