Pandemic scuttles market for folk artists from 50 nations

Ashman said his organization is brainstorming about ways to provide a financial lifeline to faraway artists that might involve charitable giving, sales or online storytelling — even as its own boutique for pop-up consignment sales and artists’ presentations in Santa Fe has been closed by a statewide shutdown order for nonessential businesses.

These 20 Groups Are Offering Aid to Artists in Need

Anonymous Was a Woman Relief Grants: Anonymous Was A Woman, partnered with the New York Foundation for the Arts, plans to distribute $250,000 in unrestricted grants, up to $2,500 apiece, to women-identifying visual artists over the age of 40 in the United States and territories. The grants are intended to help artists respond to financial hardship […]

Megan Thee Stallion Talks About Facing Double-Standards as a Female Rapper: ‘I’m Not Going Nowhere’

“I never had a plan B; I always had two plan As. I knew I wanted to go to school, but I knew I wanted to pursue music,” she said, telling the outlet that due to her hectic schedule, most of her education is online. “When you really want to do something, you’re really going […]

8 Artists and Entertainers Boycotting North Carolina over Religious Freedom Law

“In the 1970s, I, along with many other writers and artists, participated in a similar action against apartheid in South Africa, and, as you know, this eventually proved to be very effective, Schwartz wrote in a statement posted in “If you are in agreement, you may want to join me in refusing to license […]

Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ Is Racing to No. 1 In U.K.

The British singer’s sophomore studio set is on top across all formats this week at the midweek point to lead the Official U.K. Albums Chart Update. According to the Official Charts Company, Future Nostalgia is outperforming the second-ranked set, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI), by almost two to one.

Miranda Lambert Is ACM Awards’ Top Winner in 3 Categories: Who Else Leads?

Lambert has won album, song and female artist of the year more often than anyone else. Miranda Lambert is the top winner in three categories at the Academy of Country Music Awards, winning album, song and female artist of the year more often than anyone else.

Warner Records U.K. Shuffles Senior Management Team

In line with the changes to Warner Records U.K’s senior management team, the label’s head of digital, Sebastian Simone, is promoted to the newly created role of director of audience with immediate effect. Meanwhile, head of marketing Alex Burford is exiting the company later this month. ”He leaves on a high, having delivered a fantastic Dua Lipa campaign,” said […]

Jordan Davis was once told his songs had ‘too many words,’ but audiences don’t seem to mind

All three songs, in addition to production that blends country, pop and Southern rock, are packed with details: In “Singles You Up,” the narrator knows a woman is with the wrong man because he doesn’t know the words to a song she loves; “Take It From Me” extols the virtues of a favorite T-shirt; “Slow […]

Miranda Lambert Gets Cozy For ‘Bluebird’ Performance at ACM Presents: Our Country

“We’re in it together. Thank goodness for technology [so that we] can still connect,” Lambert began. “Music is medicine, I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again.” The star let her voice and trusty acoustic guitar do the rest of the talking as she cooed the motivational chorus: “I’ll keep a light on in […]

John Prine, an American Treasure, Dies After Coronavirus Battle

In the late ’90s, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. The tumor-removal surgery also removed a portion of his neck and severed some nerves, forever lowering the timbre of his voice to a gravelly rumble. But in short time, Prine was back to business. In 2013, he was again diagnosed with cancer—this time in […]