As wondering nomads seeking shelter at every stop, finding ways to circumvent basic needs; so to will be the testing waters for professional working musicians to come. There won't be just a few ways, but a myriad of ways to navigate through. Live music will take on a new look and one less connected for those listeners. Get ready to adjust and if you haven't by now, it'll get tougher in the days/months ahead.
For the professional working musicians, we are starting to see limited openings to the events that we've known to perform, which will be muddied for those professionals, as we'll see the hobbyist dying to get "exposure" and play for free, which drives the professionals monetary value way down. If your'e reading this and you happen to be a hobbyist musician, please take note that professional working musicians offer value that you don't have at your'e current experience level, so don't muddy the pool with "exposure" opportunities.
We've also seen an uptick on musical instrument sells, as a guitarist I've notice a blurb as I was scanning social media that quite a few guitars were purchased in 2020. For instructors this is great news, however lets hope that with these new purchases comes with the honest pursuit in learning the instrument outside of youtube's monkey see monkey do approach. Another avenue for the professional working musicians, being able to reach new and aspiring musicians with the level of expertise that no online-prerecorded dribble can offer. With distance still at hand, offering one-on-one live video chat lessons is not ideal but manageable, offering that specific base instruction will still be paramount.
Compose! Compose! Now is the time for those professional working musicians to put their idea's down. Not just what your'e accustomed to playing but outside your norm. Many multimedia outlets are always looking for new/original music to add and if you compose with a broad stroke you'll give yourself many options.
I'm going to be honest, I'm not that optimistic of what our near future holds. We are witnessing legislation with a stroke of a pen and been told of a "dark winter", however that plays out, we must strive for excellence - this is what I know to be true from professional working musicians.