• JON WOLFE

Tamworth's country music publication suspended due to Covid-19

IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC AND ITS DEVASTATING IMPACT ON THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, PUBLICATION OF COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS MAGAZINE WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

It will be the first time in the publication’s 45-year history that it will miss a scheduled release as the May and June 2020 issues of the magazine will not be published.

The COVID-19 measures needed to slow the spread of the virus has subsequently devastated the music industry and also affected Capital News which is a big part of that industry.

Tamworth Regional Council’s Country Music Manager and Publisher, Barry Harley said Capital News is vital to the country music industry and provides a platform for exclusive interviews with national and international artists, and is also there to support record labels, venues, festivals, retailers and other sectors of the business, and to promote and market their products.

“With the world in isolation, so too are touring musicians and entertainers, with closed venues and no festivals to attend,” Mr Harley said.

Mr Harley reiterated that the suspension of production is temporary and will be reviewed as conditions improve.

“Our advertisers, readers and contributors are all being informed of the immediate changes but we know they will all understand that the situation is out of our control,” he said.

“Although our loyal subscribers won’t receive the May and June issues their subscription orders will automatically be extended by the missing months.

“We look forward to returning to production as soon as the industry gets back on its feet and the future is much brighter for the industry we all love and cherish.

“Your continued support will be important in helping the industry recover and thrive again.”

Back copies of Capital News can be purchased online at www.shop.capitalnews.com.au