Just about every facet of daily life has come to a complete stop. Whether through books, movies or television, the anxiety of the unknown is often soothed by the arts. And, of course, there is music, which has been a constant and important companion during the coronavirus crisis.
While artists of all stripes have been affected, independent musicians, in particular, have lost revenue to canceled tours, festivals and, in some cases, entire seasons of performances. From rock bands to your local mariachi group, they all depend on reliable gigs to help them pay rent and feed their families.