Coronavirus and Music: Industry CEOs Get Safety Advice from Johns Hopkins

May 5, 2020

People around the world are looking to Johns Hopkins for answers to questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, including international music industry executives. The answers they get may not always be what these CEOS hope to hear, but they know they can trust Johns Hopkins’ knowledge and expertise to help them make decisions concerning their artists, employees and fans.

So far, nearly 1,000 CEOs and executives from Fortune 500 companies and industries covering technology, business, law, entertainment, museums and music have participated in a series of executive briefings featuring Johns Hopkins experts. The briefings are organized by Judy Smith, founder and CEO of Smith & Company, a leading strategic advisory firm.

During a 90-minute video conference call on April 16 with more than 30 global music company executives, Johns Hopkins leaders answered a host of questions about topics including when artists might be able to retake the stage. “Everything is up in the air, but it’s highly unlikely there will be large concerts in 2020,” said moderator Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.