MUSEXPO 2020 Creative Summit has been indefinitely postponed following the World Health Organization’s pandemic declaration and broader travel bans.
As a result of the World Health Organization’s officially declaring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to be a pandemic, the 2020 MUSEXPO Creative Summit has been indefinitely postponed.
MUSEXPO founder Sat Bisla revealed the decision to Digital Music News this morning; Bisla had been closely monitoring the situation for weeks prior to making the call. Bisla and his team emphasized that the move was made “with much sadness and out of our great concern” for the health of those planning to attend.
A new date for MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit —or even a ballpark estimate—wasn’t disclosed, though it was said that the much-anticipated showcase will be rescheduled once the infection is contained and “everyone feels good about traveling and interacting with others on a more personal basis.”
While refunds for the MUSEXPO 2020 Creative Summit haven’t been issued, ticketholders will have the opportunity to transfer their registrations once the event’s new date has been confirmed. Thankfully, this isn’t a SXSW-level event, and many people at the event are already well-acquainted. That makes the postponement a bit easier to manage.
MUSEXPO 2020 had originally been scheduled to begin on March 22nd. Bisla also indicated that the Worldwide Radio Summit 2020, which had been set to take place between March 25th and 27th, has also been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MUSEXPO’s 2020 Creative Summit is hardly the only event to be put on ice due to the coronavirus. An array of concerts, music festivals, and industry functions have been called off in response to the infection, which is believed to have spread from Wuhan, China. Yesterday, NBA officials indefinitely suspended the 2020 season following Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert’s testing positive for COVID-19.
In an address last night, President Trump announced, among other things, that flights to and from European countries besides the UK will cease for 30 days starting this Friday.
The decision comes as some places in Europe, particularly Italy, struggle to limit the spread of COVID-19. Italian schools and “non-essential” shops have been shut down, and citizens have been barred from entering or leaving their current cities unless obligated to do so for work-related or medical reasons.
Italy has reported approximately 12,500 COVID-19 cases to date.