Colbie Caillat, Emily Kinney, Josh Radnor, Betty Who and more have been announced for a new virtual concert titled the UnCancelled Music Festival. The event will bring musicians, fans and venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic together for a virtual live music experience to help sustain and connect the global music community during this trying and unprecedented time.
The online festival is set to begin Thursday at 3 p.m. EST and will continue on a week-to-week basis. It will be hosted on virtual live concert platform StageIt, with multiple digital “stages” happening simultaneously. Stage lineups will be curated by select music venues, promoters and artists from cities across the globe. All will feature musicians who depend on live performance revenue to sustain their business with livestream sets from home.
Additional artists include Cailin Russo, Jukebox the Ghost, Kevin Garrett, JP Saxe, Ariel Posen, Josh Kelley, Mary Lambert, David Ryan Harris, Snail Mail, The Aces, MILCK, Ashley Hess, Grace Weber, Cautious Clay, Victoria Canal, Waxahatchee, Brian Fallon, The Marias, Beach Bunny and more. Independently owned venues curating stages include The Hotel Cafe in L.A., Rockwood Music Hall in New York, Piano Fight in San Francisco and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
UnCancelled Music Festival was co-founded by musician and writer Ari Herstand of Ari’s Take, Andrew Leib from Red Light Management and Ashley Maietta of record label Crooked Paintings. Official partners include Fender, Bandzoogle, Ari’s Take and Spaceland Presents.
“The night the Los Angeles Mayor announced that all music venues in the city were shut down, there was a city-wide gasp. My friends and I put our heads together on how we could support the music venues and musicians who will suffer the most from the shutdowns,” said Herstand in a statement. “Now that the pandemic has closed nearly every music venue in the world for the foreseeable future, it’s time for the global music community to unite as one and pick each other back up. UnCancelled looks to help facilitate that.”
Confirmed venue curators are located globally; in the U.S., they represent Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, the Twin Cities, Columbus, Colorado, West Virginia, Kansas City, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. International participants have been secured from Japan, the U.K., Australia, Portugal and Spain, with more to be announced. Any venue or local promoter can apply to be part of the festival at uncancelledmusicfestival.com.
Fans will have the ability to purchase pay-what-you-want tickets for each stage and tip the performing artists and venues in real-time. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Recording Academy’s emergency financial assistance program, MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides critical funds to music professionals struggling with financial, medical or personal crises. Any affected music professional who has lost work during this pandemic can apply to receive emergency funding. Proceeds generated from each stage will be divided up and distributed to the respective performing artists and stage curators (music venues, promoters and marquee artists) each day.
“With everything happening in the world, music has the proven power to connect us,” said Fender CMO Evan Jones in a statement. “This is a difficult time for everyone, especially musicians who make their living playing live shows and touring. By curating a virtual stage with our Fender family of artists, we hope to directly support these musicians in ways that are meaningful, help provide some musical inspiration and relief to fans while also championing the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.”
Venues interested in participating can find more information below.
If you're a venue that would like to be a part of UnCancelled Music Festival, apply here: https://t.co/9GtlNpWBOn
If you're an artist who would like to play, encourage your local music venue to apply, and then have them book you on their stage! We are accepting *most* venues rn
— UnCancelled Music Festival (@Uncancelled_) March 26, 2020