No doubt you’ve seen the massive influx of musicians moving to live streaming after tour dates have been canceled due to COVID-19. One such ongoing live streaming festival is “Shut In & Sing,” which was launched last week by Hangin’ & Sangin’ podcast host Kelly McCartney and singer/songwriter Natalia Zukerman. The performances will be aired via Stageit, with the profits split between the participants.
“Every project that I work on is centered on creating ways to bring fans and artists together, and that holds true even more in times when we find ourselves kept apart by forces beyond our control,” McCartney says. The idea behind the festival was simple: The music world is a small, interconnected world—and one that has a strong grassroots organization. As a community that has always stepped up to help one another out in good times and in bad, why not have artists take care of each other in these challenging times—and provide some amazing entertainment in the process?
“Every touring musician I know lost their ability to make money in mere hours as the pandemic and measures to contain it came to light,” Zukerman says. “I panicked … and then I tapped into a deep desire that I always have to find and create opportunity out of adversity. The response was, and has been, overwhelming and is proving to be a bolstering light.” The series will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesdays, 8 to 10 p.m. EDT Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of each week, and 12 to 3 p.m. EDT on Sundays. People can find the “Shut In & Sing” festival schedule and buy tickets at www.stageit.com/shutinandsing.
You may have seen the Luck Reunion present its version of a free, tip-only live stream music festival last week, as well. Every day, it seems, more artists are looking at live streaming as a way to make a living and put their music out into the world. More virtual music festivals are popping up nearly everyday as well. DittyTV has created a calendar that tracks live stream performances by the Americana & Roots musicians that you want to hear. We hope you use this virtual event schedule to keep bringing live music into your life and support the musical community. And if you know of virtual events that you want to add to our calendar, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.