Artists get creative to generate income, connect with fans during COVID-19 outbreak

Her partner, 36? lead singer Taylor Cochrane, has produced albums by local acts such as Future Womb and Hickli’s upcoming sophomore release. He has put out a call to do remote production for artists.

“We’re grasping at straws, trying to figure out what skills we have that we can still do remotely that people are interested in and have the money for,” Hickli says. “So many people are struggling right now. I’ve changed my rates for piano lessons to a sliding-rate scale, so people can still afford it.”

Calgary-based magician Carisa Hendrix was forced to cancel a number of upcoming shows in the U.S, where she is making waves with her comedic alter-ego Lucy Darling. She was planning on putting together an hour-long video based on her residency at Chicago’s Magic Lounge. She decided to accelerate the production of the video and offer it to fans for free on herwebsite as “a gift to bring a little light and laughter to a dark time,” she says.

“Immediately when this hit I started getting messages from people who had booked their tickets months in advance to see the show,” she says. “It broke my heart to disappoint people and I desperately wanted to help in some small way.”