The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the live music industry, as performances have been cancelled and venues have closed indefinitely. Live From Our Living Rooms Music Festival and Fundraiser will help to fill in the gap for struggling musicians by bringing the joy of music live-streamed from artists’ homes in NYC to viewers anywhere in the world. Viewers will have the opportunity to donate online, raising funds to provide performance grants awarded to musicians during this crisis.
Organized by NYC musicians Sirintip, Thana Alexa, Owen Broder and their nonprofit partner MusicTalks. Starting on April 1 and continuing through April 7, there will be 28 performances in 7 days: 2 evening performances, 1 masterclass or interdisciplinary presentation and 1 children’s show. Shows will be streamed on Crowdcast and simulcast on each artist’s Facebook pages.
Participants include Chick Corea, Joe Lovano & Judi Silvano, Linda Oh & Fabian Almazan, Becca Stevens, Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Antonio Sanchez & Thana Alexa, Owen Broder, Sirintip, Julian Lage, Dave Liebman, Tali Rubenstein, Michael Mayo, and many others.
The full schedule will be announced on Monday, March 30.
The organization is soliciting tax deductible donations from audience members and institutional funders to provide performance grants to NYC musicians who submit an application and meet our performance grant criteria. The application for air will be released on March 31st and due back by April 8th with payouts to be processed before the end of the month. More information about the application, eligibility and deadlines can be found here. All performances are free for viewers, but every dollar counts. Find out more at www.livefromourlivingrooms.com.
About MusicTalks: MusicTalks offers uniquely personal and informal concerts featuring a wide range of musical styles performed by the finest artists in New York. MusicTalks aims to break down the barriers between musicians and audiences by infusing engaging and interactive conversation into the concert experience. Audiences will form new connections to the music and have an experience that truly makes Music Talk.