Professor Paul Carr in the music studios at USW's Cardiff Campus
Professor Paul Carr has been awarded a National Assembly for Wales Academic Fellowship to investigate the the impacts of Covid-19 on the Welsh music industry.
The research, which will form a report for the Welsh Parliament's Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee will focus specifically on what Wales can learn from other nations in terms of private and public body support.
"The research initially considers the current ‘state of play’ in the post-Covid- 19 Welsh music industries to provide context, before examining and reflecting upon how other nations are implementing networks of support," said Professor Carr, professor in Popular Music Analysis and himself an experienced performing musician, having toured and recorded with artists as diverse as The James Taylor Quartet and ex-Miles Davis saxophonist Bob Berg.
"It's vital we have this information: the music industries in Wales, both institutionally and individual stakeholders, are really struggling at the moment, in particular live music. Many organisations and individuals are close to going out of business.
"Although Wales has offered some good support to supplement the furlough scheme via Welsh Government, Creative Wales and the Arts Council, it is obvious that we need to look at the way other nations are supporting music and learn from them. We also need to consider what the new landscape for the Welsh music industry may look like over the next few years. "
Professor Carr has written a number of articles about the effects of Covid-19 on the grassroots music sector, which are available on his blog.