A fiery mix of Bluegrass, Irish, Falcon, Rock music brought by a D.C. baseband Scythian
has been entertaining a facebook crowd live twice a month.
What started as a smartphone webcast in march evolved into a full-scale multi-camera
professional sounding performance called warren stream.
Every stream will have between 15 and 20 festivals and music venues partnering
and cross posting with us. And so weve been averaging about 50,000 views per stream.
I mean we dont we dont get paid for those views,but we ask people for venmo tips or like paypal. And the people have been incredibly generous.
Uh so thats how weve been surviving until now.
Not only did Scythian largely depend on the festivals they were planning
their sixth annual bluegrass festival in virginia mountains
that attracted over 8000 people last year. Entertainment has always been recession proof.
So our band has survived two recessions when people are doing poorly and recessions didnt.
They want to go out and forget.And were excited about this year and then all of a sudden.
Yeah just its probably not going to happen. But,
I think if we can keep on growing our fan base with the current streams,
then when we go back to doing the festival,more people are going to know about us than ever before.
Andrew Kraus, a maryland based concert pianist,has also started his facebook classical music series called Respite.
He says he has always advised his students to look for sources of additional income
but its up to the audience whether or not to support his work online.
If you want artists to be able to produce content, you have to support us.
Because if we are working 18 hours a day at something else
then we dont have the energy, time and ultimately the expertise
to produce anything for you that youre really going to want to listen to.
It will truly become the age of the amateur.
Meanwhile Kraus advises musicians to keep their hopes up and teach online.
A little bit different but you can learn to use that technology and make it work for you.
And this is a great time for it. I mean its summer, the kids are out of school.They cant go anywhere much.
So this would be the time to go and and advertise.
Teaching is something New York city based opera singer Antonina Chehovska is focusing on now.
Really build a studio and and um sort of start my own brand,
because Im also at a place where um I know what Im doing.
Like Im you know Im not world famous. Im not but I know what Im doing. Im singing.
Musicians agree that if the industry survives,its going to come under the pandemic looking very different.
And musicians will no doubt be able to develop a whole new creative approach.
Maria Prus in Washington VOA News