By Nancy Sanchez-Diaz

Contributing Writer

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on many challenges for the music industry.

From the unjust financial model of streaming services to the collapse of live shows, it has been a difficult year for artists. But for listeners at home, music has still offered solace.

To better understand the perspective of the listener, I asked the public to engage in a series of flash polls Friday evening. Users were asked if they thought the music industry had changed for the better, or for the worse.

Among the 10 responses received, 70% of users voted yes, they had noted a significant change, and 30% voted no, no significant change had been noted.

In the third and final post, they were asked to elaborate on their choice: How has the music industry changed, and how may have the pandemic heightened those changes?

This is what they had to say:

Amaya Morales, 20, Fairview, N.J.

“The pandemic has allowed for artists to explore their deep and innermost feelings. It has allowed for them to create unique content knowing that we are all experiencing the quarantine life. It has also allowed for us to truly appreciate older works that would have otherwise been retired.”

Estefani Sanchez, 16, Paterson, N.J.

“Because artists aren’t in the public eye and they aren’t touring due to the pandemic, they’ve had more free time at home to write music and reach us with their content. Creatively, it is good for everyone.”

Shane Sammons, 25, Burnsville, M.N.

“For the most part, yes, I think the music industry has changed for the better. People evolve, and for every music there is an audience that it will appeal to. A beat alone is enough to make a song good and worth listening to. The pandemic has strengthened that.”

Iyana Williams, 18, Paterson. N.J.

“Music has lost the soulful connection that inspires people and cultivates an atmosphere of good vibes. They hardly use actual instruments anymore; it’s become more about looks than talent. Meanwhile, those with actual talent are being overlooked every day. I am not a music producer nor songwriter, but I feel that the pandemic has made it even harder for these people to get noticed.”

So, the question remains: Has it changed for the better?

Well, we can only say this much.

Despite the economic hurdles and the uncertainty that artists are facing, the impact of music has been a positive one in today’s day and age. Therapeutic, in fact. After a long and excruciating year of having to deal with so much of the hate and division permeating our society, people are counting on artists and content creators now more than ever.

Not just to add validity to their feelings; to their sadness and their anger, but to serve as their, as our own beacon of hope.

No matter how unpredictable and scary the world may get, there is one thing that will always remain constant: our collective love for music.

And because we believe everyone deserves access to music that speaks to them, we keep RecordDrop open for all listeners. At RecordDrop.com, we are committed to developing new and innovative services that bridge the gap between Artist and Fan so that Indie Artists can achieve their goal of music industry success. And so, as Ms. Williams stated, everyone feels seen and heard.

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