Times are tough right now. We feel disconnected from the world during this time of self-isolation as millions are quarantined to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We here at Electric Family commend all those doing their part in the matter and wish to highlight those in our community who are helping ease the pain during these trying times.
As previously reported one industry that has taken a major impact from the current state of affairs has been the music business. Artists around the globe have been forced to cancel their events and tours. However, throughout history, it should be noted when things seem at their darkest, the beauty of humanity has its way of peaking through. Instead of wallowing in the misery of it all, artists have been coming together to give back by doing what they do best; providing fans with music.
Numerous leaders in our field have taken this time of isolation as a way to host virtual concerts. Some are even using these live streams as platforms to donate to charities supporting the relief efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are a few artists that are doing good for the world at a time when we need them the most:
Cardinal Fest Live Stream
On Sunday, March 22nd, JVNA hosted in partnership with her label Cardinal Artist Management, their first-ever Cardinal Fest, a virtual concert broadcasted across the globe on Twitch. The lineup featured artists like Luca Lush, Quix, Vincent, and of course JVNA who were all given 30-45 minutes to throw down one epic set from the comfort of their own homes. During the all-day broadcast, they were able to raise over $18K for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund.
Bandsintown's Watch Live Music Marathon
Badnsintown recently launched its new feature, Watch Live in partnership with Twitch, which will help 530,000 registered musicians connect with the platform's 55 million registered fans. Artists will be able to message and keep in touch with their most active supporters, as well as let their listeners know when and where they're planning to host a live streaming show. In an effort to help music artists who have found themselves in a tough spot because of COVID-19, all of the donations from the music marathon will go to the Recording Academy and MusiCares' recently established COVID-19 Relief Fund. It seeks to help artists who are affected by the coronavirus and the cancellations of their shows.
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Thank you @RealBlackCoffee and the 85,000+ fans who joined in on Friday for the launch of the Bandsintown LIVE Channel on @Twitch! We're just getting started. THIS WEEK: The Bandsintown LIVE Music Marathon. Follow us to get notified of artists and times! live.bandsintown.com #bandsintownlive
This artist has pledged to not only stream for his fans but to personally donate to those part-time music professionals who have experienced wage losses. While no initiative has been set up as of the publishing of this article, stay tuned.
I am going to commit $1,000 per week to help part-time music industry professionals get by through this tough time.— ▽ (@3LAU) March 15, 2020
I will be setting up a dedicated email & application process shortly, but will keep you posted! Much Love to all!
The platform clearly thriving during this time of isolation is Twitch. One group leading an initiative to support relief efforts is FaZe Clan, the world's most popular eSports, and gaming entertainment collective. They recently launched #FIGHT2FUND, a weekly online pro-am tournament that features a collection of musicians, athletes, and gamers coming together to play in the first-ever tournament for Call of Duty: Warzone. In less than 48 hours, the worldwide community raised $46,289. Artists like Alesso, Diplo, Marshmello, and Jauz have all joined in on the action.
Over 70 streamers, celebrities, athletes, & musicians have come together to play Week 2 of our #Fight2Fund Warzone event in support of charities impacted by COVID-19. Last week we raised over $45,000... can we top it this week?— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) March 23, 2020
Watch it LIVE, right here - https://t.co/gTGJtc6naR pic.twitter.com/JzxOusizti
Have you heard of any other of your favorite artists giving back during these trying times? Drop their names below in the comments!