When the pandemic hit, nightlife venues came to a screeching halt. Many were forced to close for several months. While COVID-19 added new challenges, it also exacerbated existing challenges like affordability and gentrification. Block anticipates that establishments can go one of two routes: 1) small venues will receive support from the public sector or 2) live music will be distributed to different parts of town. The big question is whether the music and entertainment sector will re-emerge more sustainable and resilient post-pandemic. The alternative is a world without music.
Brian Block is the Entertainment Services Manager for the Music and Entertainment Division in Austin, Texas. Brian facilitates planning and policy development to support the nighttime economy, residential quality of life, and long-term viability of live music and entertainment venues.