As work for New York City’s musicians has halted indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, live-streaming performances have been popping up all over. The most ambitious online performance project to be created so far is the Live From Our Living Rooms Music Festival and Fundraiser, which gives artists the chance to play from home—and gives viewers around the world the opportunity to watch and donate, raising funds to provide performance grants awarded to musicians during this crisis.
Organized by NYC musicians Sirintip, Thana Alexa, and Owen Broder, along with their nonprofit partner MusicTalks, the online festival began yesterday (April 1) and runs through April 7. It will present 28 performances in seven days, with each day featuring two evening performances at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. EDT, one masterclass or interdisciplinary presentation at 3 p.m. EDT, and one children’s show at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Shows will be streamed on Crowdcast and simulcast on each artist’s Facebook pages.
Participants in Live from Our Living Rooms include Chick Corea, Joe Lovano and Judi Silvano, Linda Oh and Fabian Almazan, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Antonio Sánchez and Thana Alexa, Owen Broder, Sirintip, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman, Tali Rubenstein, Michael Mayo, and many others. Go here to see the full schedule.
Although all the performances are free for viewers, the festival is soliciting tax-deductible donations from audience members and institutional funders to provide performance grants to NYC musicians who submit an application and meet the grant criteria. Applications are due April 8, with payouts to be processed before the end of the month. More information about the application, eligibility, and deadlines is here.
To find out more about the Live from Our Living Rooms Music Festival and Fundraiser, go to its website.