#COVID-19: How one artist is coping as the entertainment industry takes a knock

The entertainment industry is taking strain with the cancellation of music festivals and events because of COVID-19.

Azania Mosaka spoke to guitarist and singer Dan Patlansky to find out how the outbreak has directly impacted artists and their teams, as well as how he is keeping his head above water.

As a musician you book all your events and shows quite far in advance and you have kind of got to wave goodbye to all that. It leaves an artist and a musician in a place where your regular income is now virtually impossible to come by now.

Dan Patlansky, Guitarist

Something to realise is money earned out of album sales these days doesn't really exist anymore because everything has gone onto streaming platforms - you certainly get paid from that but the money earned is minimal compared to before streaming was a thing.

Dan Patlansky, Guitarist

Platansky says he has resorted to teaching the guitar through online classes, something he dabbled in in the past.

It's a passion of mine, teaching is a passion of mine. It's a perfect time in a way to do this because if you are in self-isolation, it can be a very frustrating time.

Dan Patlansky, Guitarist

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