I’m so happy to post the third installment of this photo series! The response has been really positive, and I’m so glad to help some of our local musicians get the word out about what they’ve been up to lately.
Our music community in Colorado has impacted in numerous ways by the current pandemic. Colorado Music Relief Fund is providing relief for artists until August 1st. Check out their website and please consider donating! I love what their website says about how important it is to support live music in Colorado:
“Live music is central to Colorado’s culture.Our musicians, their crews, and our venues are iconic and beloved across the world. Music is a force in the experience economy; attracting tourists, new residents, and business leaders to the culture of Colorado in good times. In times of hardship music is our salve. In this pandemic, everyone is hurting. The economic and fiscal impacts on Colorado’s rich music industry resulting from COVID-19 are already significant. Music employs over 16,000 Coloradans and generates 1.5 billion dollars annually and the vast majority of that revenue relies on public gatherings. These activities are unlikely to return to ‘normal’ for the foreseeable future. The music industry will not be back to work for perhaps a year or longer. Whether it is navigating unemployment, small business loans, or other quickly disappearing relief funds, the music industry is not getting the lifeline it so desperately needs.”
Today I am featuring Tyler Grant. He’s an incredible national flat picking champion and a super nice human. I had such a good time with him on a recent hot afternoon in front of the iconic Boulder Theater marquee. (Huge thanks to Z2- Boulder Theater & Fox Theatre for allowing me to shoot in front of the venues!
Check out what Tyler had to say while we were shooting:
Kirsten: Tyler, please say a few words about what has been the most challenging thing about the pandemic for you as a musician.
The most challenging part about the onset of the Pandemic, aside from concern & emotional trauma about those sick, alone & dying, was losing ALL of our work. I, among most other musician friends, had a busy Spring & Summer lined up, and it all fell through our fingers. The Entertainment Industry has always been a fragile & less-than-consistent field to work in, but I had never experienced the total loss of work & income on this level. Entertainers like myself are affected, but I hold a special place of Empathy for Venue Owners, Festival Promoters, & those with enormous investments & sunk costs that they will have to absorb & try to recover with no idea of how the calendar will look in the next couple years.
Any words on what has been a surprising or positive thing about this time for you?
I admit that a break from hard traveling & touring was welcome. At first, I thought that I would have a lot of down time to read, write, rest & reflect. However, I started adapting early & hosting weekly online concerts, workshops, & playalong jam sessions, which became full-time. As an educator, I realized that the demand for guitar instruction was high with so many stuck at home, so I stepped up to that calling & spent most of my time providing opportunities to learn guitar online. This was in part through my weekly live online events & private lessons, and in part through Jamplay.com & Truefire.com, instructional websites that I contract assignments for. I am so grateful for the work at this time.