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The unemployment labyrinth may have killed this musician’s dream

Finance
The Going Jessies. Derek Wood (center), Angela Paradis (right) and James Breeding (left)Photo: Derek WoodDerek Wood was about to achieve a lifelong dream. Unemployment benefits may prove to be his foil.Wood, 47, a guitar player and songwriter from the Little Rock, Ark., area, who sings with a soulful country-blues croon, quit his job in December to pursue music full-time.The time seemed right. His band, The Going Jessies, was playing more at popular local joints and doing more multi-day road tours. The three-piece group — which includes Wood's partner, Angela Paradis — released its first full album in 2019.That dream is slipping away.Derek Wood, guitarist and vocalist for The Going Jessies, a band based near Little Rock, Arkansas, and Angela Paradis, bassist and vocalist.Photo: John Shute ...
In a year that devastated the arts, can young musicians survive the blow?

In a year that devastated the arts, can young musicians survive the blow?

Entertainment
"I don't even know if I've been able to compute how it makes me feel, the fact that our industry is at a complete standstill... 170,000 people out of work, it seems to be completely undigestible to me."Katie Melua's words have lingered with me for weeks since interviewing her in an eerily empty Royal Albert Hall for the joint Sky Arts and Sky News documentary Culture Interrupted. But as disappointing as this year has been for well-known artists made impotent by COVID-19, with live music revenue down 81% because of the pandemic, they will most likely be able to weather this storm. Image: Katie Melua says the industry is at a complete standstill However, for fledgling talent - attempting to break onto the scene this year - that's not th...
Coronavirus: Two-metre rule ‘must be relaxed for musicians’

Coronavirus: Two-metre rule ‘must be relaxed for musicians’

Entertainment
The government is being urged to ease social distancing for musicians, so more of them can get back performing and recording.Musicians' Union leader Horace Trubridge told the BBC they could play "side by side" to lessen the risk of spreading coronavirus.The 2m rule was "overkill" at a "bleak" time for his members, he added.The government said it welcomed "creative and innovative" ideas to help the UK's "brilliant" musicians.Coronavirus means theatres, pubs, clubs and other indoor music venues will be closed for the foreseeable future, while promoters have cancelled all the UK's main festivals.The Labour-affiliated Musicians' Union is in talks with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport over "enhanced busking" - allowing spectators in outdoor spaces t...