It’s inherent, it’s inevitable, and it’s possibly at its peak for society as we know it today.
Given the state of the current pandemic that is COVID-19, many have found themselves looking for answers (or TP), and are unable to do anything other than sit back, bite their nails, and watch as the powers that be navigate this storm.
In the music world, those who are not among the small percentile basking in their wealth of royalties, have turned their financial hopes to Livestreaming in an attempt to help lessen the blow. As if it weren’t hard enough to make a living off making music, times just got a whole lot tougher. The term, “starving artist,” has taken on a much deeper meaning- but hopefully this unprecedented time will make for a wellspring of new, meaningful art, and a newfound sense of compassion.
One such avenue in the relief efforts for artists is Bandsintown, the leading live event discovery platform, which is presenting a music marathon on its newly found Twitch channel that will take place today, Thursday March 26th, and tomorrow March 27th.
The following is information from their press release along with the schedule of performers:
“Sixteen acts, from major headliners to emerging talent, perform over two days on the Bandsintown LIVE Channel on Twitch.
This Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 8 hours per day, leading global event discovery platform Bandsintown will livestream its first LIVE Music Marathon, a virtual festival on the new Bandsintown LIVE channel on Twitch found at live.bandsintown.com. The Marathon comes hot on the heels of Black Coffee’s successful launch of the Bandsintown Live Channel last Friday March 20, with 84,500 unique viewers checking out the DJ’s set.
All donations go to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist music professionals struggling in these challenging times. Confirmed performers include Taking Back Sunday, Amanda Palmer, Tank & The Bangas, Yuksek, 99 Neighbors, Sofi Tukker, Matt Quinn of Mt. Joy, Tayla Parks, Iyla, mxmtoon, and more.
‘We are experiencing a new form of connectivity between music acts and their fans,” says Bandsintown Managing Partner Fabrice Sergent. “Artists have suddenly become more approachable. A new form of entertainment is emerging from this chaos.’
In the coming days, Bandsintown will announce a regular schedule of live music programming and events to follow this week’s LIVE Music Marathon on the Bandsintown LIVE channel.
As part of its ongoing mission to help artists, Bandsintown also launched the opportunity for the 530,000 musicians registered with Bandsintown For Artists to receive free fast track status to Twitch’s world-class monetization tools for live streaming. It also launched a WATCH LIVE feature to help artists alert the 55 million registered fans on Bandsintown when their streamed events go live. Artists can post free messages to their followers on Bandsintown and schedule live streamed events with this new feature.”
Bandsintown LIVE Music Marathon on live.bandsintown.com
Thursday, March 26
Mt. Joy’s Matt Quinn
Taking Back Sunday
Friday, March 27
Tank and the Bangas
1PM to 9PM ET
Full lineup and exact schedule available here.
The LIVE Music Marathon broadcast is being produced with help from the team at NOX Media.