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‘They need to play’: owner of New Brunswick music agency worries about future of live music

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The owner of a Moncton music agency and record label says the new year could be the worst yet for live music in New Brunswick. Carol Doucet, owner of Le Grenier Musique, said she predicts 2022 will be even more difficult for the music industry. than the previous two years of the pandemic. In an interview on Saturday, she said the combination of the worsening pandemic, the lack of government grants that have helped performers through 2020 and 2021, as well as venues reserving fewer shows in the new year means that many artists are leaving the industry. “Artists need to play, they need to tour to make a living from their music. We’ve lost a lot of musicians, ”she said, adding that they only booked around 15-20 percent of their regular rate. The story continues under the publicity.She said that since her artists haven’t been able to tour in the past two years, they’ve almost doubled the production of new music, leaving the artists with streaming, sales and releases. radio coins as the main form of income. is not very important financially for the artists… so it is very important for the radio stations to broadcast local music and it is not always easy to convince them to do it, ”she said. Trending Stories The unpredictable nature of the pandemic means a lot of work is wasted, especially for its artists who work internationally, Doucet said. I don’t know if this will happen, ”she said. “With all the cancellations, it’s hard to launch new projects because they have to rebook shows that have been canceled. “She said that she and the artists she works with have tried to find alternative sources of income, like online music camps and music lessons, but there’s not much they can do. entertainment curtail capacity On Saturday, the province’s new interim measures to slow the spread of the Omicron variant went into effect. The story continues under the ad This means that entertainment venues like theaters and music halls must now run at 50% capacity. Gregg Corrigan, co-owner of Happy Craft Brewing in downtown Moncton, regularly books live musicians, him directly “in part because there are fewer venues than there are. there was “. as long as he is able.” If we’re allowed (when the restrictions tighten), we’ll continue to use one man shows, “Corrigan said.” Of course, it won’t be a so urge money for us, but that’s okay. ”© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.