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Home > Screenings > The Television Syndication Company (TVS) > When the Bands Stopped Playing

Director: Cate Meighan

Producer: Cate Meighan, Heather Douterize

Executive Producer: Cate Meighan

Cast: Haley Johnsen, Jeffrey ‘Soave’ Martinez, Numa Saisselin, Sabrina Nieves, Ron Keel, Jeff Pilson, Michael Sweet

Genres: Documentary, Factual

Demographics: 18-30, 18+, 30-50


1 x 60’

2020 was supposed to be the year that broke concert attendance records. Live music was booming and performances were sold out. Then Covid-19 hit and it all abruptly came to a screeching halt. Musicians and their crews, people employed at venues as well as vendors were without jobs and income.

When the Bands Stopped Playing features candid stories from known musical artists of their experience living through a shutdown that affected the entire world. Like many people who experienced loss of jobs or loved ones, they struggled with feelings such as depression and anxiety. What did they learn from the pandemic and how has Covid-19 changed their outlook on life?