Music in Place – A Lifeline for Struggling Bay Area Musicians
Contact: Rodman Marymor, Executive Director email@example.com 415 748 6039
The Coronavirus Pandemic has brought sudden and multifaceted devastation. One segment of our working population that has been fully decimated is our once vibrant community of professional freelance musicians. We have heard and enjoyed their diverse styles of music wherever we go: night clubs, restaurants, concerts, at private and public events, and on our streets. These artists dedicate their lives to creating the gift of music which enhances our lives and enriches our culture. With Covid-19 upon us, ALL their gigs are gone – with no relief in sight. They have lost all opportunity to make a living and are deprived of performing together with other musicians…a double whammy for those who have dedicated their lives, passions, and livelihoods to creating and sharing their music for the enjoyment of us all.
Music in Place (www.musicinplace.org) was recently established by a core group of Music Educators – Music/Video Techies, Legal, Finance, and Business Professionals – who are also accomplished musicians – to provide assistance to our suddenly displaced and struggling Bay Area Musicians Community. We have launched this philanthropic endeavor to benefit the diverse community of working musicians in the Bay Area. Music in Place is a newly formed organization under the 501(C)(3) tax exempt status of the Sonoma County Philharmonic Orchestra (www.socophil.org). Our mission is to establish a visible and sustainable Bay Area Professional Musicians Network that stimulates opportunities for virtual collective creativity, collaboration, performance, and audiences – moving musical performance to the digital world. We aim to:
- Engage musicians, composers, production professionals, and the community
- Provide training and technical support – how to move from analog to digital performing venues
- Design and produce original music and video works
- Manage digital hosting and distribution on Websites and online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, Instagram
- Create new models for generating financial support
- Provide immediate honorariums to participating musicians to help them put food on the table
Time is of the essence as the need to act is immediate. Our hope is that music lovers will want to visit our Website and YouTube channel to learn about who we are and what we are doing. We hope that a broad array of audiences will enjoy new music and video works made by these local musicians. We want to ask our community to lend their support to enable Music in Place to build momentum and make a positive impact on as many talented professional musicians as possible.