COVID-19 has made a huge impact on the entertainment industry. For the last seven months, concert venues and nightclubs have had their doors shut in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In their place, livestreams have become the new set trend for music makers to showcase their work. According to the new Music 360 Report by MRC Data, it seems that 47% of music fans want virtual concerts to remain. Only 25% of these listeners actually tune into a virtual event.

The livestream business has become a necessity since the start of the pandemic. Its current prevalent importance has left a positive impact on the industry. This is why virtual concerts are likely to stick around once venues and concert halls resume operations.

Tomorrowland 'Around The World' livestream, known to have had more than a million viewers from across the globe.

The Future of Livestreams

Although many music fans want virtual concerts to remain, there is concern that livestreams will not continue to live up to their hype. Jared Losow, marketing director for New York venue Le Poisson Rouge, shared his thoughts with Billboard on the matter.

“The home concert was interesting at the beginning, but we’ve seen a lot of that.” He continues, “People are ready for something different.”

Although some music industry workers feel there is a need for something different, some think otherwise. Senior Sony Music Executive Thomas Hesse, who launched a streaming service in Dreamstage, believes that livestreams will become a $6 billion industry within the next three years. In addition, Pandora co-founder, Tim Westergren, also sees livestreams becoming more than just a temporary replacement, predicting it to be a $1 billion industry within the next three years.

Paid online concerts have become a new source of revenue for artists who rely on touring as a form of success. According to a MIDiA Research report released last month, only 39% of artists rely on touring for revenue. This is down from 50% in the 2019 report.

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