Madison’s music community joins others around the world in efforts to help others economically impacted by COVID-19. Here are some ways to help others while enjoying live performance videos, shopping online, and exploring what can and needs to be done.
This list will be updated on an ongoing basis – if you have something to add, please email WORT Music Director Sybil Augustine.
Local updates as of March 23:
ROCKONSIN will NOT accept any more band applications, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, until further notice. The ROCKONSIN website band application page will be taken down. Your health is priority #1 and ROCKONSIN wants to encourage everyone to practice safe social distancing. Until we get through this national health challenge, and we will, put on your favorite music and get those endorphins released – its good for you!! Take care of those around you and practice kindness. And a big ROCKONSIN thank you to all the nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, EMTs, pharmacists, checkout clerks, day care and nursing home care givers and all those on the front lines during this outbreak to keep us safe and the Badger State and our country moving forward. Watch for further updates on the ROCKONSIN website, Instagram and Facebook. Stay safe!
Groups, links and resources:
The Facebook group linked above was started by Wendy Schneider (owner/creator of Coney Island Studios, WORT’s Under All The Sound (1st Fridays 11 pm-midnight) and so much more) has very quickly grown to over 500 members including bands and solo artists, audio and video engineers, broadcast and print media, venue owners and promoters and many, many devoted music fans. As Wendy says: “This is a local group to network, skill share, and promote live streaming music events in Madison. Live streaming events are linked here but are hosted by the artists – not the group thread. In response to our public health guidelines, the live music community in Madison has lost its outlet – local venues. Use this group to strengthen live music streaming opportunities!”
Here’s what you can do through this group:
- Post an invite for your streaming event
- This group can act as co-host for an event and all members can tune in and/or share live stream via the event (not via the facebook group)
- Gear and live stream knowledge sharing: — cameras, switchers, monitors, etc.
- A list of “stream savvy locals” who are open to be contacted off thread is coming soon!
Photo: Marina Koyen
Globally shared resources
This living document has 3 main sections:
- An introduction discussing how livestreaming is shifting to embrace the format as an imperative for ensuring global accessibility and reach amidst extreme conditions
- A list of tools you can use to host virtual shows, panels and meetups in the wake of events and festivals getting postponed or cancelled
- A calendar of virtual/livestreamed events in the coming months
If I’m missing any crucial tools or upcoming events, please notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for reading! ❤️
– Cherie Hu
Timely and expiring events and offers:
- Global resource for Spanish-speaking artists and fans
Spanish organization Music & Business is inviting artists who were supposed to perform at SXSW to stream 15- to 30-minute sets live on the company’s YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages. They plan to launch the first show in this series on March 21. You can email email@example.com to learn more about this initiative, and click here to read Music & Business’ full statement (Spanish-language only).
Fundraising offers by local musicians:
The German Art Students
The German Art Students have new music! Our new EP, Rest Area Relief, will be released on April 17.
You can download it now by going to http://gasrocks.bandcamp.com/yum.
We are donating all proceeds from the sale of this EP, and from any online sales of our entire catalog for the foreseeable future, to benefit service workers from the Madison area. We love the bartenders, bookers, sound people, and others who make live music in Madison possible and we want to make sure they get some support during these times of closed bars and canceled shows.
Rest Area Relief was recorded by garage-rock legend Bobby Hussy at his Hex Empire Studios in Madison. It includes four off-kilter tracks in search of ‘70s mysteries, life on the road, and why the hell anyone would want a gong in their drum kit.
“GAS manage to be subversive and slapstick at the same time, providing post-punk, Mad magazine-esque music to the world. Rolling Stone called it ‘nimble-witted new-wave pop.’” – Andy Moore, Isthmus
“GAS has been going since 1997, and somewhere along the way dropped the playful affectation of pretending they might be actual german art students. These days they’re comfortable, as they should be, as just four folks making new wave-tinged power-pop that riffs on highly specific topics, as captured on tracks like “Civil War Reenactor” and “Bjorn Borg.” And you don’t have to be in on any particular joke to enjoy the slap-happy catchiness of a song like “Pompeii,” from the band’s 2008 EP, 79 A.D.” – Scott Gordon, tonemadison.com
“Sporadically filling Madison bars with fans of their high-energy punk rock sound for 22 years.” – Joel Patenaude, Madison Magazine
The German Art Students are:
Andy Larson – Vocals, Bass
Annelies Howell – Vocals, Guitar
Kirk Wall – Guitar, Vocals
Randy Ballwahn – Drums
Please contact us at this email address with any questions,
or to request a CD copy of the EP.