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Jem Aswad

Senior Music Editor, Variety

Jem Aswad launched Variety’s music section with executive music editor Shirley Halperin in April 2017 and has written cover stories on Bruce Springsteen, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes and Spotify, along with daily coverage of the music industry. He has held senior posts at Billboard, MTV News, Spin, Time Out New York and CMJ as well as Atlantic, Warner Bros. and Caroline Records and ASCAP. His writing has appeared in New York, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire and many other publications. He is based in New York City.

Weathering the Storm: How the Music Industry Is Coping With the Pandemic

Like virtually every business, the music industry has been up-ended by the pandemic: Live entertainment, which was previously the financial engine of the business, is in crisis, while recorded-music revenues and streaming numbers are up, and the value of copyrights is soaring. How are these sectors of the industry coping, and what happens next?