The current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic is having a significant impact on the international music industry. Travel bans, limits on large public gatherings and the cancellation of events are just some of the disruptive but necessary measures in place to limit the spread of the disease.

All overseas travel from Australia is currently banned, with few exceptions. From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia, and must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. More information at the Smart Traveller website.
https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19

Were you planning on attending or performing at a showcase festival in the coming months? Below is the latest information on a number of these events.

SXSW (Austin, Texas) –sxsw.com
Original Dates – March 16 – 22, 2020
Status – CANCELLED
Passes will be valid for 2021 Festival

MUSEXPO (Burbank, CA) – musexpo.net/musexpoLA20/
Original Dates – March 22 – 25 2020
Status – POSTPONED
New Dates – TBA (Passes will be valid)

JAZZAHEAD! (Bremen, Germany) – jazzahead.de/en/
Original Dates – 23 – 26 April 2020
Status – CANCELLED
Passes will be valid for 2021 Festival (29 April – 2 May 2021)

ECMA (St Johns, NL, CANADA) – ecma.com
Original Dates – 30 April – 3 May 2020
Status – CANCELLED

Liverpool Sound City (Liverpool, UK) – soundcity.uk.com
Original Dates – 1 – 3 May 2020
Status – POSTPONED
New Dates – September 25 – 27 2020

Focus Wales (Wrexham, Wales) – focuswales.com
Original Dates – May 7 – 9 2020 / October 7 – 10 2020
Status – POSTPONED
New Dates – 2021 TBA

Nashville Music Biz (Nashville, USA) – musicbiz.org
Original Dates – 11 – 14 May 2020
Status – CANCELLED
Tickets will remain valid for the 2021 event. Music Biz will be conducting virtual events throughout the year.

The Great Escape (Brighton, UK) – greatescapefestival.com
Original Dates – May 13 – 16 2020
Status – CANCELLED
Tickets will remain valid for the 2021 event, 12th – 15th May 2021, or refunds are available.

Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam, Netherlands) – classicalnext.com
Original Dates – May 18 – 21 2020
Status – CANCELLED

Canadian Music Week (Toronto, Canada) – cmw.net
Original Dates – May 18 – 23 2020
Status – CANCELLED

FIMPRO (Guadalajara, Mexico)  – fimguadalajara.mx
Original Dates – 27 – 30 May 2020
Status – POSTPONED
New Dates – TBA September 2020

MIDEM (Cannes, France)  – midem.com
Original Dates – 2 – 5 June 2020
Status – MOVING TO A VIRTUAL EVENT
The virtual event will take place across the same dates. Please visit their website for more details.

PRIMAVERA PRO (Barcelona)  – primaverasound.com
Original Dates – 3 – 7 June 2020
Status – MOVING TO A VIRTUAL EVENT
New Dates – 21 – 24 July 2020

The festival it accompanies, Primavera Sound, has been cancelled for this year and the next physical Sound & Pro events will be held 2 – 6 June 2021. Passes will remain valid for this event, or ticket holders can apply for a refund.

A2IM INDIE WEEK (New York City, NY)  – a2imiw.com
Original Dates – 15 – 18 June 2020
Status – MOVING TO A VIRTUAL EVENT
The virtual event will take place across the same dates. Please visit their website for more details.

MUSIC MATTERS (Singapore) – musicmatters.asia
Original Dates – 13 – 16 September 2020
Status – UNKNOWN
All That Matters has announced they are transitioning to an “always-on conference, networking and content experience”. More information TBA.

Thinking of running Virtual Events while you’re in self-isolation? There’s a fantastic resource here from Cherie Hu, the “Virtual Music Events Directory“, which is being updated regularly. You can see that HERE.