An Industry Grounded Episode 2: Kodi McKinney on why 90% of U.S. music venues may close due to COVID-19

In the second episode of Jetlag’s second season, Andrew Smith and Larry Heath sit down with Kodi McKinney from Marauder, a boutique music marketing firm with a focus on developing emerging talent within North America.

While he was at home in New York, we talked about how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting live music venues – with McKinney revealing that up to 90% of U.S. locations are at risk of closing due to their inability to operate. In some cases – like with Boston’s iconic Great Scott, which has closed after 44 years in operations – it’s already too late.

We ask why this is the case, what can be done to help and what NIVA (the National Independent Venue Association) are doing amidst all of it.