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Surviving the Coronavirus Crash as a Musician: A Discussion with Peter Lin Ep 74

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Since I’ve stepped into the role of Producer of this podcast, in addition to being the host, we’ve been working on consistently delivering quality content, and on releasing previously unreleased episodes. In doing so, it’s allowed me to revisit some of our previous guests like Peter Lin who is a jazz musician and trombone player who I interviewed in 2018.

Recently I caught up with Peter, two years after our first interview. Artists and musicians have been amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and I wanted to know how Peter was dealing with it.



I learned that Peter released a second album in 2019 and has started a new company, Yardbird Entertainment. He had lots of great advice and tips for musicians who are trying to get through these tough times.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • The difference between performing live vs. doing remote, online performances
  • How the Internet can offer new opportunities for musicians to reach the larger global community
  • How some musicians have earned money by performing on a live stream with a link to Venmo or PayPal to donate
  • What relief funds and government assistance there is for musicians
  • The different ways that musicians have been trying to earn money
  • The Facebook group, the COVID-19 musicians support group- a resource to apply for unemployment, and find out about grants
  • Resources where musicians can apply for relief
  • The importance of staying at home and protecting those who are most vulnerable and realizing who has been hardest hit
  • What Peter has been working on since the last time he was on Talking Taiwan on 2018
  • The release of Peter’s second album New Age Old Ways in 2019 and the comic book that accompanies it
  • Peter’s YouTube series Jazz Biz 101 by Yardbird Entertainment
  • Peter’s remote video production company, Yardbird Entertainment
  • Creating mobile live stream
  • How clubs can widen their reach by broadcasting on the Internet
  • How people can support artists and musicians in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic


Related Links:


The Lintet’s website and social media

Peter Lin’s Website :





Yardbird Entertainment’s website and social media


Yardbird Entertainment Website :

Y.E.’s Facebook:

Y.E.’s Instagram:

Y.E.’s YouTube (Jazz Biz 101 + Y.E. Remote Music Video Productions):


Jazz Exchange Relief Fund:


Louis Armstrong Foundation Musicians Emergency Fund:


Peter Lin’s Digital Album + Comic Book “New Age Old Ways” + First Album “With Respect”:


Places to stream Peter Lin’s Music:


Spotify :

Apple Music:


Google Play:



Kelly Lin’s Etsy:


Peter Lin’s Remote Rendition of Taiwanese Classic “Wife”:


NYC’s Covid-19 Musician Resource Group:


Chris Do’s “The Futur” YouTube Channel:


Pat Flynn’s website Smart Passive Income:\


About the Host

Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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