Can Hip-Hop Shows Survive When 90 Percent Of Independent Music Venues Face Closure?

In June, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) conducted a survey with over 2,000 of its members, which includes venue owners, bookers, and promoters throughout the United States. The results were alarming. The survey reported that “90% of independent venues…will close permanently in a few months without federal funding.” The COVID-19 pandemic has affected countless industries in the United States. And the strain it has put on the live music industry — and the music industry at large — has been evident since earlier this year. Live music has been affected on every level: local, regional, and national…

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