Live from Our Living Rooms keeps getting more ambitious. The new organization—formed to aid performing artists in New York City during the COVID-19 lockdown—made its debut in April with a weeklong online jazz festival that raised nearly $60,000, from which performance grants were allocated to struggling musicians. For its next act, Live from Our Living Rooms teamed up with the DC Jazz Festival in June to present DC JazzFest from Home. And now it’s launching what organizers Sirintip, Thana Alexa, and Owen Broder are calling a “virtual summer camp.” The Live from Our Living Rooms Creative Summit & Fundraiser, starting today (July 1) and running through July 12, will include performances and daily workshops with master musicians, as well as webinars with industry professionals—within music and in other disciplines—designed to help artists navigate our current challenging environment.
Sixty-eight instrument-specific workshops are scheduled via Zoom, along with 12 creative and industry-related webinars, two Sunday spotlight episodes, and 10 evening performances. Among those leading workshops are Eric Harland, Orrin Evans, Kevin Eubanks, Miguel Zenón, Luciana Souza, Donny McCaslin, Jane Ira Bloom, Rufus Reid, Linda May Han Oh, Gilad Hekselman, and John Clayton.
The subjects of the webinars range from specifically business-related—the state of concert booking, online brand-building, and streaming rights, for example—to broader topics like cultural exchange in music, songwriting, and the art of music production. Webinar participants include Cécile McLorin Salvant, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Steve Rodby (Pat Metheny Group), Kenny Werner, Billy Childs, Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Entertainment), Katherine McVicker (Music Works International), Gargi Shindé (Chamber Music America), Michelle Willis (GroundUP), Inara George (Bird and the Bee), and many others.
Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton, Rachel Z and Omar Hakim, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lionel Loueke, Jason Lindner, Ingrid Jensen, Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter, and Gerald Clayton are among those slated for the evening performances.
On July 5th and July 12th, the Project Spotlight Series will highlight some of the remarkable work being released during quarantine, featuring livestreamed conversations with Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Jarrett Cherner (July 5) and Ryan Truesdale (July 12).
A $3 minimum donation is required to attend each webinar and performance, which will stream on Crowdcast. The Zoom workshops range from $30-40, and will be capped at 20 participants per session to offer an exclusive experience. Participating artists have agreed to share a portion of their earned revenue with the Live from Our Living Rooms Fundraiser, which will go toward the initiative’s next round of relief grants. Additional audience donations will also be allocated for grants.
More information can be found at www.livefromourlivingrooms.com.
Register for performances, webinars, and Zoom workshops here.