SR's Aric Steinberg will be talking with KPFA Radio tomorrow morning (5/28) at 7:30am PST to chat about all things Sweet Relief! Tune in if you can, or listen afterward on https://kpfa.org/ !
Our very own Aric Steinberg, EVP of Artist Relations and Development, is featured on this week's episode of Working Musician Podcast! Tune in to hear Aric discuss our mission here at Sweet Relief, peer to peer campaigns, and how to stay grateful during these trying times.
We're so grateful to be the official charitable partner for A2IM's Libera Awards 2020! This event will have a stellar line-up of performers including Orville Peck, Big Thief, and Wyclef Jean. The Liberas will be streamed at liberaawards.com on June 18th, 6:30PM EST with 100% of proceeds raised during the broadcast being donated to artists and music industry workers in need, so gather the zoom crew and tune into Independent music's biggest night!
The Sweet Relief Concert Series by Live Lesson Masters continues next Thursday, May 28th at 6pm PST with a special solo performance by Art Alexakis of Everclear! This live stream performance will support Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund, created specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by Coronavirus. Tickets are available now!
We’re excited to announce that on Saturday, May 30th, Live For Live Music is teaming up with the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund and nugs.tv to present a one day virtual music festival: Quarantine Comes Alive.
This donation-based event will directly benefit the participating musicians as well as Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, Backline, and local organizations helping the homeless.
The show will begin at 1pm EST on May 30th! Please donate whatever you can to help those in need. Those who donate will be e-mailed a link to watch the event on various platforms.
Join The Fam as they continue to discuss how artists/their teams can pivot and optimize their goals for long-term success in the music industry.
For their 2nd Edition, they are joined by Jay Campbell (Artist Manager, Tones And I) and Sarah Patellos (Spotify).
While this event is completely FREE, The Fam will be taking this opportunity to raise money for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Any amount you can donate helps provide financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet.
They will be accepting donations through GiveButter with a goal of raising $1000 this summer!
The FAM is an open and positive community for aspiring music professionals to connect, collaborate, and create.
As an art form built around conversation and expression, music suffers when that conversation is competitive as opposed to collaborative. Collaboration pushes people to do their best, learn from and teach their peers, and develop their individuality.
We are thrilled to be a part of the next installment of Live From Out There! They have teamed up with LiveXLive to offer a 4 week subscription including live streams and archival sets. From May 15 - June 7, they will feature performances by DISPATCH, Big Gigantic, Chromeo, Twiddle, Nahko, Ripe, Turkuaz, phoffman, Circles Around The Sun, Cory Wong, Keller Williams, James Petralli and & Michael Hunter of White Denim, and many more!
Also included in the 4 week subscription and available as a weekend pass will be "Summer Camp: A 20 Year Retrospective" featuring never before seen live footage spanning 20 years of Summer Camp Music Festival plus live and Archival performances, artist interviews and more.
Tomorrow night at 8PM EST we will broadcast a FREE acoustic live stream from Rick Mitarotonda and Peter Anspach of Goose on LivexLive.com to show you all our new platform. Thank you for your continued support, we'll see you on the couch.
**All shows streams will be available to subscribers and single show purchasers on demand the Wednesday following the initial air date.
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Musicians and music industry professionals around the world are still in need of assistance during these trying times, and we are always looking for a way to continuously support them. We have created the Loungewear Collection on the Sweet Relief Merch Store to further our efforts in raising funds for our COVID-19 Fund. Funds from every purchase will go towards helping a musicians and music industry professionals in need.
#SweetSupporters Big Stir Records have announced their latest album, “Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave,” will be released on May 15th! We're so grateful that 25% of all proceeds will be going to Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund.
“Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave” features new and exclusive tracks from Librarians With Hickeys, Popdudes, Dolph Chaney, Jim Basnight, The Walker Brigade, Paula Carino, Glowbox, Tom Curless And The 46%, The Well Wishers, Joe Normal And The Anytown’rs, Trip Wire and The Corner Laughers. Big Stir Records have committed themselves during this time to serving the music community and the wider world through both charity releases and the simple act of continuing to keep the music flowing to their audience, “Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave” continues that mission.
On Thursday, May 14th Yep Roc Records will be taking over Gimme Country! The label and its artists Jim Lauderdale and Steep Canyon Rangers are taking over with three shows, starting at Noon PT / 3pm ET. To help musicians impacted by the Covid-19 shutdown, Gimme Country will be rolling out individual tip jars for Jim and the Rangers, while the good folks at Yep Roc are donating their tips to Sweet Relief 🙏 Download the free app or go to gimmecountry.com to tune in!
COVID-19 has completely shut down the live music entertainment business and effectively unemployed all professional live performance musicians including artists and musicians from all genres and ensembles, from orchestras to jazz groups to rock bands, singer-songwriters, and more. Suddenly unemployed musicians are experiencing extreme financial hardship, struggling to put food on the table, pay bills, and be able to care for loved ones and families.
Los Angeles based artist and songwriter, Graham Czach, recruited 33 professional musicians from all around the country, and some from other countries, to record their parts from home with video for a new original song collaboration he wrote and arranged called “Come Home Again”. It's a universal message for all of us around the world. Wherever you are and whatever situation you're in, everyone at some point longs to come home again in a variety of meanings, such as the patient infected that just wants to live and go home again to their loved ones, or the health care worker that has to isolate from their families because they are on the front lines, or the family member wanting to go home to their family living far away or back to their childhood home. We can all relate.
The song was mixed and mastered by GRAMMY winning legendary film score engineer, Geoff Foster of AIR Studios London. It's a universal message for everyone dealing with the pandemic right now and a “tribute to all the victims of COVID-19, their families, friends, and front line workers that are saving lives every day and continuing to make the world run.” The COVID Musicians Relief Fund GoFundMe, created in an effort to help the unemployed music community with the release of the song and music video says, “Thank you to all the nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, postal workers, and more out there risking their lives so we can live ours.”
The funds raised from the COVID Musicians Relief Fund will be distributed to all US based musicians that apply for relief with verification of loss of work and proof of financial hardship. The plan is to provide a $250 payment to each applicant on a first come, first serve basis. “The more we raise, the more musicians we can help. Every little bit goes a long way. We thank you for your contribution, it is much appreciated!”, says organizer/artist Graham Czach. Link to donate/apply below.
It’s hard to imagine the amount of hairspray that must have hung in the air during 1985’s star-studded charity recording of “We are the World” (no doubt, a serious fire hazard’s worth). In the days of Covid-19, we can’t imagine going out for a beer after work, much less picture Cherie Currie, Mike Watt and Josie Cotton huddled around an expensive microphone, one hand over their ear, the other floating soulfully in the air as if to find that perfect note.
These days, our rock ‘n’ roll saviors are recording at ad hoc home-studios, but that doesn’t mean they can’t come together to change the world through the power of song and a strong internet connection. Enter 2020’s fist-pumping quarantine anthem, “Flatten the Curve,” which dropped May 5th in an effort to raise funds for Jubilee Consortium and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
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Rapper and #SweetSupporter Watsky will be embarking on a journey to break the Guinness World Record of longest free style. Today (5/6) starting at 10am PST, he will start a livestream on multiple platforms and the flow will begin. While doing this, Watsky will also be raising funds for his band and crew that lost work due to his rescheduled tour, as well as Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund! On top of this already generous move, Watsky will be starting a Fan Fund, that he will seed with 10k of his own money to start, which will reimburse fans that cannot get tickets, hotels, and flights refunded.
We're so grateful to be a part of this! Please join us in cheering Watsky on throughout the (hopefully) 33 hour event! Watch along on any of the platforms below-
A number of Youtube channels have teamed up to raise funds for Sweet Relief. Each channel will feature a donation button on a selection of their popular live music videos and streams. From Monday, May 4th through Sunday, May 10th viewers are offered an option to donate to the Sweet Relief COVID-19 fund on these select videos.
Youtube channels that are participating:
#SweetSupporter, and performing artist during the MPressFest Virtual Concert, Seth Glier will be taking over our Instagram LIVE this Thursday, May 7th, at 11 am PST! Tune in and hear him play a few songs live, plus talk about his upcoming single, ’Til Further Notice ’ which will be benefitting Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund.
Grammy-nominated Seth Glier is a singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. NPR describes his voice as “otherworldly” while praising him as “an engaging performer and storyteller.” His critically acclaimed, emotionally dense catalog of work often draws upon traditional roots music, experimental instrumentation, and moody atmospheres that result in soulfully intelligent stories that can alternatively fight the power or break your heart.
“The music of Seth Glier veers towards being indefinable.” – Paste Magazine
22 year old Chinese-American singer/song writer, and #SweetSupporter MARG (Margarita Landry) was born May 26th, 1997 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She released her first EP ‘MARG’ in 2016 followed by her debut album ‘The Voices’ in 2018 which included her single ’Tropical Marijuana’ gaining her a loyal fanbase. She recently released her sophomore album ‘The World Keeps on Moving’ with fan favorites ’Moving’ and ‘and ‘My City’. MARG is currently in the midst of promotion for the album. During quarantine she has been staying busy playing online concerts and going live on different platforms to keep a strong connection going with her listeners.
We're thankful for MARG's participation in the recent
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Listen to 'The World Keeps on Moving' HERE.
#SweetSupporter Lily Massie just released her new single, 'FINE PRINT,' along with a brand new merch design with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund!
You can stream 'Find Print' HERE.
For every Spark amplifier and BIAS software sold in May, Positive Grid will donate to Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund, providing immediate assistance for musicians around the world who have been affected by the coronavirus. Together, let’s #PlayPositive and give back to the artist community.
When Positive Grid started, they were just a small team with a big dream to combine technologies and innovative designs for musicians. Today, they're a global community where millions of music lovers across the world come together to share their passion.
Find out more: positivegrid.com/spark