The music industry in Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during quarantine due to COVID-19

Volume 3 | No 1 | June 2024
Andrej Raspor, Petra Kleindienst, Zoran Mastilo, Andrijana Mrkaić Ateljević, Bojan Rojko, Predrag Ljubotina
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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic had a catastrophic impact on the live music sector, putting the entire live entertainment industry into something nearing complete shutdown for more than two years. Purpose: The live music sector is still recovering from the impact of COVID-19. Even though most restrictions were lifted at the start of 2023, the industry is facing several challenges. These include rising costs and a saturated market after a long period of inactivity. There are also gaps in the workforce and some consumers are still hesitant to return to live events. Methods: To answer the research question “How did representatives of the music industry make a living during COVID-19”, we conducted two surveys: 1) A desk survey where we analyzed the measures taken by the national government. 2) An online survey where we collected data directly from representatives of the music industry. Results: In Slovenia, measures were taken to alleviate the fall in revenues. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, they were left to fend for themselves. Conclusions: Music events are an essential part of the local economy. They bring in tourists, create jobs, and generate income for local businesses. Live music events also provide a platform for musicians to showcase their talent and build a fan base.

Keywords: Slovenia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; COVID-19; limits music industry.