KELSIE MILLER - MUSIC MANAGEMENT
"I'm Kelsie and I run a music company in Western Australia called Across The Road Music. I have been managing legends Great Gable for just over two years, and recently begun managing another incredible project out of WA called The Money War. I also run music festivals and small shows (RIP). COVID-19 has meant that most of the plans I’ve been working on for the past 6 months have been chucked straight out the window. As a manager you strategise with your bands to map out their next 18 months to 2 years, and a big part of that is planning their touring schedule around their releases. The impacts of COVID-19 have meant totally re-working the plan for 2020. We’re really lucky with Great Gable to have an amazing team around us, who have been there every step of the way to help come up with ideas and work through the chaos that has happened in our industry (and so many others) over the past week. We’ve built this team slowly but steadily over the past two years, and it’s times like these that make me even more grateful – if that’s even possible – for every single one of them. Not to mention the band themselves, who have definitely kept me sane (as they always do) with their unwavering support and belief in my abilities as a manager. On a day-to-day level we’ve started having our band meetings via Google Hangouts and that has been bloody hilarious. I'll try to get an income during this time - like everyone – through digital and merch. This is an incredible opportunity for bands to diversify their income streams, which is so important not just for coping with the COVID-19 lockdowns but also for building yourself a business that will keep you employed and earning money way into the future when you might not want to tour much anymore. I always get a little frustrated when I see artists & industry complaining about online streaming – it’s such an important source of ongoing revenue for artists and should never be under-estimated! This is a crazy, distressing and unimaginable time for all of us, regardless of where we live or what job we do. It’s a time to be kind to everyone, most importantly ourselves. Accept what’s happening, listen to health-care professionals (before listening to the government) and SELF-ISOLATE. No excuses. Keep listening to music because it always helps. For those people in the music industry, this is not the end of everything – music is way too essential to life for that. It’s going to look different for a while but we will persevere."