Coronavirus leaves Peel music industry devastated

Peel music industry completely shut down following the closure of pubs, clubs and restaurants. Photo: Supplied
Peel music industry completely shut down following the closure of pubs, clubs and restaurants. Photo: Supplied

In a bid to contain COVID-19 pubs, clubs and restaurants were advised to close by the PM on Sunday night leaving the music industry decimated.

The announcement has forced the shut down of the entire Peel live entertainment industry.

I had bookings for the whole year ahead and now there is not a single gig available.

Bleeding Ear Music and Special Events manager Dave Feenstra

Bleeding Ear Music and Special Events manager Dave Feenstra said in just one week every Peel gig has been cancelled.

"It is a bit of panic stations here at the moment.

"I had bookings for the whole year ahead and now there is not a single gig available."

The music industry is scrambling to find other means to make an income.

"A lot of artists are counted as small sole traders rather than employees so unfortunately they are falling through the gaps.

"We are now looking at ways to live stream gigs and getting fans to pay per view.

"That is pretty much the only way our artists are going to make money now," Mr Feenstra said.

In a bid to help the Peel music industry the City of Mandurah has offered 50 per cent of the Crab Fest performance fee to the artists.

The City of Mandurah says it is working on other means to keep the Peel arts community afloat.