At least they didn’t wait until the last minute. I know someone who was supposed to head that way from Amsterdam tomorrow.
I’m so mixed on this news. I don’t know what is a good response to this outbreak. I see the risk, it also seems so damaging to so many people’s livelihoods.
I agree with this, but the cancellation probably has more to do with the state’s medical capacity than anything. A spike in cases might be unhandleable. This tweet sums that up well:
If there is an outbreak at SXSW, one thing to remember is a lot of musicians don’t have insurance and potential hospitalization and quarantine in a city where you don’t live could wreck livelihoods a lot worse.
My guess, though, is that a lot of unofficial shows will still happen, which is who really needs the $$ … but those folks are also most vulnerable due to the lack of insurance.
It’s aosr like the lack of public health insurance is bad for our society.
There is an Austin agency called the Musician’s Health Insurance Alliance. Might be a good time for a donation. Or the Sanders campaign.
Another great organization is the Tipitina’s Foundation for New Orleans musicians.
Turns out they’re not insured for this. That’s not good.