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State of our Sound: The struggle of the music industry 11 months into the pandemic

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State of our Sound 2
Double Exposure

CHIPPEWA VALLEY (WQOW) - While Safer-at-Home orders around the nation were being drafted, one of the first industries that was
impacted was the music industry.

Venues and artists alike found themselves in a spiral of cancellations to
try and limit the spread of COVID-19 through large gatherings.

We're 11 months into the pandemic and the music industry is still struggling greatly in the Chippewa Valley and throughout the nation.

The Save Our Stages Act has since been passed as part of the most recent COVID-19 relief bill. It could take a few weeks, even months, for funding to start being distributed to venues across the nation.

If you would like to support the National Independent Venue Association's efforts through monetary donations to the NIVA Emergency Relief
Fund, you can find more information here.

If you would like to directly support local venues in your area, it is recommended that you contact them directly and see if there is a way to donate directly to their establishment.

If you would like to support any of the artists featured, click or tap their names for links to their websites.
Sue Orfield
Chris Kroeze
FMDown
Them Coulee Boys

Additional audio/video provided by:
Chris Kroeze (Pablo Center Show)
Sue Orfield Band - “After the Fall
FMDown - “Repeater
FMDown - “The Architect

Chris Hoyt

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