Episode 16: How the New Orleans music industry is dealing with COVID-19
In this podcast, we talk to music manager Reid Martin (Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude) about how the New Orleans music industry is dealing with the severe changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some artists, like Big Freedia, have pivoted in a big way while others are hunkering down and getting creative. All of them need as much support as possible from fans, the community and government to survive financially until they can begin performing in front of crowds again.
Reid Martin is the co-founder of MidCitizen Entertainment, an artist management company based in New Orleans that currently consists of five employees and ten artists. At the company, Martin specifically focuses on strategies related to long-term artist development and recorded music. MidCitizen’s current roster includes Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, Sweet Crude, Alexis & the Samurai, Naughty Professor, Low Cut Connie, Alfred Banks, Sinkane, the Suffers and Travers Geoffray. Prior to his role at MidCitizen, Martin spent four years as the tour manager of the Soul Rebels and co-founded the Uptown music venue Gasa Gasa. He graduated from Loyola University in 2009 with a double major in economics and music business.