Unplugged: Music in Crisis

When Covid-19 hits, they were the first to be out of a job, and when the lockdown ended, they were the last to get back to work.

During the pandemic, Thai musicians and workers in the music industry faced unemployment as bars and entertainment venues were ordered to close. Many had to sell their instruments to keep themselves afloat, or make a living doing whatever else they could, while some left the industry altogether.

The pandemic also revealed problems the industry have always been facing, from job insecurity and lack of welfare to limited performance space and a consumer culture which does not help the industry grow.

In "Unplugged: Music in Crisis," Thai musicians talk about their lives during and after the pandemic, and the future of creative economy in Thailand.

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