03 – Challenges to Date

What have been the practical challenges to date? Three members of the leadership team of the US Music Policy Forum will help get the conversation started with some of the practical challenges to date in the cities that they are working closely with.

05 – Practical Actions from King County, WA and San Francisco

Some cities have faced the challenges of public health risks and quarantine ahead of others. Leading voices from King County, WA and San Francisco will talk about challenges in their cities and what many of the rest of us can learn from their first actions and continuing solutions.

08 – How have Local Radio and Media Stepped Up?

Radio has taken on a triple burden at this time. It is reporting on local challenges, being part of the music community, and needing to keep its own ships afloat in a financially strapped time.

24 – Part I: Nightlife: Practical Actions and Challenges

The last six weeks have been a whirlwind. Nightlife leaders, nighttime commissions and “night mayors” have responded quickly to the COVID-19 crisis through network- and platform-building, advocacy, and sharing open-source ideas from one city to another. VibeLab offers a two-part conversation with nightlife leaders from cities worldwide:

Part I will highlight models that have been developed in one city and adopted in another (including livestreaming, surveys, and network-building). Part II will dig deeper into strategies for advocating for nightlife with local government. We’ll highlight current successes as well as challenges. All tools will be available open-source on, to make it easy to adapt these ideas to your own scene.
How have nightlife cities used network-building, surveys, livestreaming, and more to respond to crisis in the past 6 weeks—and how have cities learned from each other’s work? Successes, challenges, recommendations?

34 – How Data is Collectable/Collected Toward Local Action and Recovery

Organizations locally and globally have been surveying their communities and building a growing body of COVID19-economic-impact data. How can these datasets be compiled into something that can benefit the nightlife and music advocates for scenes and cities around the world? How can the data be woven into effective storytelling? What opportunities may exist in combining or comparing multiple datasets from different cities and/or surveys?

35.2 – Future of Career Pathways

With the shutdown of much of the industry, what is the effect on short-term opportunities like internships for those aspiring for careers in the music business? What does the landscape for hiring look like in the short and long terms now? What will various segments of the industry look like in terms of the number of jobs and the pathways to obtaining them?

36 – Important Takeaways from Katrina: The Challenges of New Orleans are the World’s Challenges

Resilience can stem from disruption and disaster. New Orleans suffered that in abundance after Hurricane Katrina. How did the recovery from Katrina prepare (or not prepare) New Orleans for the changes after and now for the COVID-19 pandemic? How did these past challenges impact the New Orleans music industry? What lessons did the local music community learn? How will the current challenges affect New Orleans after the pandemic?