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Turkish music sector in hot water due to pandemic, arbitrary restrictions

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on Turkey's music industry that is already experiencing tough times due to a ban on alcohol advertising that has prevented companies from sponsoring events and festivals with their brand names.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JULY 26: Atmosphere at the J Balvin concert sponsored by Guess at Kucukciftlik Park on July 26, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Levent Kulu/Getty Images for Guess)

The Turkish government’s arguably arbitrary coronavirus restrictions have wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of musicians and other artists. Nearly a hundred musicians have reportedly committed suicide and hundreds more have been forced to make drastic career changes in the past few months.

Last month, main opposition Republican People's Party deputy Gamze Tascier said that nearly 100 Turkish musicians have committed suicide since the coronavirus pandemic hit Turkey in March, based on information she received from musician's labor unions.

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