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× Gig economy in the time of COVID-19: How artists, performers are coping

The word "gig," now commonly applied to any informal form of paid work, as in "gig economy," was originally specific to musicians.

Shorthand for "engagement," a gig was a paid performance in a club or other performance venue: the working musician's bread and butter.

It wasn't surprising, therefore, that performing artists were the first to feel the sting of the enhanced community quarantine.…