The captivating new video series that captures the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry

The captivating new video series that captures the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry

Words by Tom Parker

Introducing Banding Together.

The Australian Music Vault (AMV) is back with its latest project – a new three-part video series that captures the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry. Banding Together brings together recognised names from all corners of the industry to engage in honest conversations about how music has responded to the unprecedented situation.

The first interviews of Banding Together were conducted as early as April and across the next four months, the Australian Music Vault pieced the story together bit by bit. As COVID-19 shook the music industry in all different directions, the Australian Music Vault was there to document it.

From episode one which captures the early stages of the COVID-19 wrath, where the Australian music industry was debilitated almost instantly, to episode two which celebrates the unparalleled innovation of Isol-Aid – the Instagram Live music festival that not only redefined the way music can be consumed but also provided an escape for a country of forlorn music fans.

Episode three of Banding Together shines a light on the industry leaders. The likes of ARIA CEO Dan Rosen, esteemed artist manager Michael Parisi, Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM, among others, share their stories of where the industry was placed before COVID-19 struck, and how it was suddenly upended in mid-March.

Other revered names to appear throughout the series include Jimmy Barnes, Michael Gudinski, Emily Ulman, Martin Foley, N’fa Jones and Bonnie Dalton, each providing their own unique snapshots of the shapeshifting industry before them.

Banding Together was produced by Australian Music Vault Music Industry Advisor & Special Projects, Carl Gardiner, alongside AMV Advisory Board Member, Marcus Knight.

“Both Marcus and I were humbled and extremely grateful for the trust shown by all the people from our music community we interviewed,” Gardiner said of the project. “They allowed us into their lives and lounge rooms during very challenging times. Their stories provide Banding Together the opportunity to show an insightful and very human side of our music community during these extraordinary times.”

The first episode of Banding Together is out now with the following two episodes to be released across the next two Tuesdays.

Watch episode one of Banding Together below.

The following two episodes of Banding Together will be released on Tuesdays September 22 and September 29. For more info, head to the Australian Music Vault website.

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