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Associate Professor of Music Andy McGraw, an ethnomusicologist, can provide insight on how music impacted by historical events like the COVID-19 pandemic.

McGraw says:

"Because they require suspending public gatherings, pandemics and plagues devastate music scenes and are very disruptive to musicians’ livelihoods. We’re seeing severe economic impacts on musicians and venues around the globe. Musicians in Indonesia, where I do a lot of research, have been especially hard hit partly because many of them survive solely on performance income, rather than teaching, which can be partly shifted to digital formats."

"For those who would like to help support music during this time of uncertainty, take virtual lessons from local musicians and buy instruments from local makers. Google will point you in the right direction." 


Contact Media Relations Specialist Lindsey Campbell at to connect with McGraw.