COVID-19 – You Can’t Stop the Beat!
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise a myriad of artistic expressions on the in- ternet and social media platforms. What explains this turn to music and the per- forming arts during the crisis? At least four reasons matter. Popular music, in par- ticular, has proved useful in communicating key messages about COVID-19 and how to combat it to a broad audience. Music and other forms of artistic expression can help to create a sense of community and belonging at a time of uncertainty. They are powerful ways in which to express appreciation and gratitude. And they provide levity at a time of anxiety.
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