What Happens When Bands and Fans Work Together
Last spring and during this holiday season, fans and bands in the Detroit area rallied together to to provide covid financial relief to full time musicians and industry pros impacted by closures and cancelled tours. Weekly fundraisers allowed us to get money to those in need in a hurry. Passenger Recovery - a non profit that helps touring musicians in recovery to maintain sobriety, helped facilitate collection of funds and distribution. If you don't think a little here and there helps, approximately $20,000 was raised by word of mouth, and distributed to sound techs, hired guns, and artists that are based in the Detroit area and make their livelihood in the music industry.
After receiving referrals from musicians around the country looking to participate in a similar effort, we decided to paying it forward on behalf of Detroit to our friends in Memphis. And we are calling on all musicians to have each other's backs - and have the backs of venues, peers, venue employees and crews. #BackingBands
Host a Live Stream and Pay It Forward
Remember, tour managers, road crews, sound techs, and others don't have the option to live stream or sell tickets to support themselves. Want to give back - host a live stream performance and forward revenue or a portion of revenue to an industry pro.
Merch and Download Sales
Offer a special on merch or a download and donate a portion of sales to an industry worker.
Let Us Know What You Are Doing
Live auction? Stream-a-thon? Selling cookies? Let us know so we can help spread the good news and encourage others.