Canadian Live Music Association Addresses COVID-19 Impact

As the Canadian live events industry continues to grapple with the fallout from COVID-19 and the widespread cancellations it's causing, the Canadian Live Music Association has released the following statement:

The Canadian Live Music Association is working closely with its membership to ensure that concert producers across the country are armed with up-to-date, fact-based information on the COVID-19 outbreak and how best to ensure that fans and artists alike are able to continue bringing people together while prioritizing public health and safety.  Working with public health authorities and resources, CLMA members are able to assess any risks associated with their events and respond accordingly.  

“Canada’s concert promoters and festivals are in the process of educating patrons as to appropriate hygiene protocols, leveraging guidance and resources currently available to mitigate risk, and are ready to respond further and as necessary in partnership with government health authorities.  Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our artists, fans, and employees,” says Erin Benjamin, President & CEO. "We are monitoring the situation closely."

The CLMA will continue to keep members and stakeholders informed and up-to-date as more/new information is made available.

Other useful resources:
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Preparedness Guide
Government of Canada - COVID-19: Outbreak update
PHAC risk assessment for Mass Gatherings
Know the Facts – COVID-19

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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