Covid-19’s Impact On The Arts

According to a report published by the World Economic Forum, the global music industry is worth over $50 billion dollars with two major income streams. The first: live music which makes up just over 50% of the total revenue from sales of tickets to live performances. The second: recorded music which combines revenue from streaming digital downloads, physical sales and licensing of music for movies, games, TV, and advertising. The global loss of revenue to the art community as a whole is predicted to be as high as $75 to $100 billion dollars.

I talked with Dr. Shawn Puller about the toll Covid-19 has taken on the arts locally. He is the Executive Director of the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County, Virginia. The following is our conversation condensed for radio.


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Danny Cardwell

Danny is the Station Coordinator for WCHG, and the host of our gospel and country hours on Wednesdays 10:00 am to noon. He and his wife Renee Cardwell live with a spoiled dog (Toddie) in Hot Springs. Danny is a Deacon at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Hot Springs. He operates and is a site administrator and featured writer for the website He has been a frequent contributor to The Hal Ginsberg Morning Show, All Politics Are Local, and Politics Done Right. Danny has tutored, lectured, and mentored at risk youth in churches, group homes, and inside the Virginia Department Corrections. He serves on the board of directors for Preservation Bath and chairs the Bath Community Hospital Patient Advisory board.

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