25 – Part II: Nightlife: Working with Government on Response

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 do nightlife advocates fight for support for their scene with local government—especially when overcoming negative perceptions of night economies, or limited policy- or decision-making power?

29 – COVID-19, and then what?

Numerous small organisations are the motor and guarantor of the diversity of the European live music sector – a delicate balance based on fragile economic grounds for most organisations. What can we do now to sustain the diversity of Europe’s live music scene and avoid that the most fragile actors are forced to abandon? How can the sector as a whole support the diversity and prevent survival of the fittest mechanisms?

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?

35.1 – Livestreaming and Connected Experiences

Music Tectonics has been connecting music innovators through its conference and now online events. They are bringing three innovators to the conversations who have been creating virtual experiences as artists and as platforms to help us have other places and spaces to connect with fans and share and experience music.

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?

39 – Sociable Cities: Building Alliances to Restore a Safe and Vibrant Social Economy

Music is the heartbeat of sociability. While great online performances are available today, virtual socializing will never be a substitute for the physical social connections made in venues providing the space for creative multi-dimensional performances. Two of the sectors most affected by this crisis, the hospitality and entertainment industries need to think proactively in order to be the next frontline to recovery. How can governments, community organizations, the private sector and nightlife and hospitality workers join forces to prepare cities for this new era of sociability? This panel will discuss the role that alliances will play in the recovery of safe, vibrant night scenes

41.1 – Future of Live Venues and Events

How will the long-term repercussions of this pandemic and its negotiated social norms affect the layout, social meaning, and economics of concerts, festivals, and venues? These three leaders in the Colorado and Idaho live music communities will discuss challenges, frictions, and realities of the next lives of live performance

41.2 – Music Retail: Now and in the Future

The forced closure of record stores, particularly those that are independently operated, has been devastating to business owners who were already challenged to compete within a rapidly changing industry. Moreover, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Stores missed (for now) the opportunity to benefit from Record Store Day, an annual event that generates huge sales and foot traffic vital to the continued operations of participating stores. What other effects has the pandemic had on these retailers? How have they managed in the meantime? What will reopening look like, and what is the future for these stores that are in many cases landmarks in their communities?

42.2 – Future of Higher Education in Music

Future of Higher Education in Music (Session 42.2)Future of Higher Education in Music   As a result of COVID-19, higher education institutions were forced to quickly shift to online platforms, a massive disruption by itself. Universities which offered music business programs have ahead of them not only the task of re-adjusting from that shift and […]