Four to five months. This is the frame of failure for small and large concerts that Berlin concert organizers are currently expecting. On Thursday, some of them spoke up in a video conference.
Burghard Zahlmann from the concert office of the same name, Tom Spindler from Trinity Music, Klaus Bönisch from KB-K and others described the hardship in the industry caused by the total failure of events.
The organizers hope for grants
Ticket sales have slumped by 95 percent, said Zahlmann. And his colleague Bönisch reported the difficulties in rebooking American artists like Lenny Kravitz to new dates. Especially as it is unclear which current travel restrictions may continue to apply in the future.
The concert industry is currently seeking government funding. Klaus Bönisch appealed to ticket buyers not to claim back the admission fee: “Keep the tickets!”
Voucher solutions are also under discussion
Returns would lead to bankruptcy among small and medium-sized tour operators. The industry could not survive without permanent cash flow.
All organizers endeavor to make up all concerts. At Easter people hope to know whether and in what time frame they will succeed, said Burghard Zahlmann. Voucher solutions are under discussion for total failures.
Another urgent appeal was made to politicians to allow more concerts in the Waldbühne and Wuhlheide, so that catch-up dates are also possible in the 2021 outdoor season.