Cancelled Gigs Due to Coronavirus? Here’s What You Can Do

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Cancelled Gigs Due to Coronavirus? Here’s What You Can Do

Many performing artists and performing arts organizations are experiencing the first wave of coronavirus-related cancellations. While fears about cash flow, short-term ramifications, and long-term impact are tempting to fixate on, freaking out about the future isn’t super helpful in the now.
Below are some actions you can take today to increase the likelihood of making it through this uncertain time unscathed and improve your chances of bouncing back quickly on the other end. For Freelance Artists Be Gracious, Even When It Hurts Even though the loss of income may really hurt, try to remember that the human(s) who made the decision to cancel/postpone your engagement are probably full of their own guilt, worry, and fear over an impossible decision. A note along the lines of “Thank you for taking the time to let me know. I know this decision must not have been easy to make. Please stay healthy,” can go a long way in distinguishing you from the onslaught of stress-inducing emails they are likely to be receiving over the coming weeks. Seek Temporary Remote Work If you are an artist who also possesses strong administrative skills, you likely know many small to medium-sized arts ...
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Lisa Husseini

Lisa Husseini has coached thousands of creatives and entrepreneurs in achieving fulfilling and financially sustainable careers. As CEO of iCadenza, she helps performing and visual artists launch projects which transform their careers. She has also worked with a number of organizations in identifying and addressing the internal problems that hold them back from a profitable, effective, and expansive trajectory. Her recent clients have included Chorus America, Peabody, MIT, Sphinx, New World Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Frost School of Music and SongFest. Based in Miami, Lisa has held positions at the New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, and Seraphic Fire. She holds degrees from The Hartt School and New England Conservatory with continued studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Harvard University. Lisa was named a Miami Leader in 2016 and currently serves on the board of The Crossing.