The Hearby Report 2020/21: The State of Live Music in North America
Hearby.com is an AI-driven live-music tracker, launched in early 2020. It was a bad year for live music — a near total ban on indoor gatherings wiped out vibrant & energetic music scenes across North America.
In the top 70 metro-markets we cover, the data shows clearly the hardship unleashed on so many artists, venues, and workers who rely on this space for their livelihoods.
Hearby tracked the numbers that show just how badly live music was hit in 2020 & the prospects for live-music’s return across North America in 2021.
Here are the numbers:
PRE-COVID 2020 - ERA OF MUSIC ABUNDANCE
Hearby live show data shows that in early 2020, despite harsh winter conditions across much of the country, live music fans in the top 70 North American metro markets had about 50,000 music shows each month to chose from.
Q1 2020 live music show volumes
We watched it all unfold
THE CRASH - EARLY SUMMER 2020
First half 2020 live music show volumes
At the end of March, everything came crashing down. Hearby.com data shows live music fell off a cliff & by June was about 5% of normal.
2nd HALF 2020 - A WEAK PULSE
Live music showed a slight recovery late summer during the warm weather, as musicians & venues adapted to social distancing. Show volumes fell again as winter set in & live music faced another near death experience.
Live music shows Jan-Dec 2020
MUSIC STAYS ALIVE IN THE SUBURBS
Red – live show
Grey – venue closed