Virus shutdown: The musicians who will suffer mostmain
Salaried staff of opera houses and concert halls that have been shut by Coronavirus measures in Italy, Austria, Germany and other EU countries will continue to receive their wages in the next six weeks, before they are able to rehearse and perform again.
Freelanced musicians will go without pay.
There is no plan at the moment so far as we are aware to compensate singers who were booked for now-cancelled productions or instrumentalists who were asked to fill in at the various orchestras. UPDATE: Germans plan aid for freelancers.
They are the economic victims of this crisis and something needs to be done to help them over the closure period.