Authors: Sxantana - Lev Radagan & Alexandra Terziyska
Down they come, the swarm of locusts
Skies above converge to choke us
Feast of souls consume the harvest
Young and old suffer unto the locust
Machine Head, Locust
This charming man, always good-tempered and well-mannered, you will find him every day with his acordeon in the underpass of U6, Berlin’s Kaiserin-Augusta-Strasse, just next to the florist’s.
Gently smiling, the acordeonist would stand exactly as confidently on the stage of a crowded concert hall instead, hands playing skillfully, head up, voice strong and deep...
Hour after hour, this voice turns the small entrance to the subway into a momentary capsule of spontaneous musical happiness.
He is not there anymore.
Nor is any other musician or art performer. Not on the streets, in the parks, clubs, venues, bars, concert halls, stadiums.
As surreal as it might be, Berlin is quiet and so is the world.
Music was forced to leave the physical reality-as-we-know-it and migrate online.
Just like in a cheap ‘90s fiction movie, we got invaded by countless mega herds of wild-greedy deaf locusts swallowing every single sign of music they bump into on their way to leaving the world harvestless and dumb.
We’re in this together, art makers and art lovers.
Let’s face it.
Some say the end is near
Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon
Some of them already do.
Just while writing those lines regarding the pandemic’ impact on the artists around the globe, I bumped into Sxantana’s Facebook post which touched me deeply from the very first sentence.
Reading it again and again, I felt the urge to contact him and offer a collaboration on the topic “How to support performing arts during the times of pandemic crisis” or whatever it should be called; it is an article we both will be writing with heavy hearts but also with lots of hope, respect, and strong belief.
This article is dedicated to the performing arts, making more emphasis on the music scene but still generating ideas for everyone.
Here they are, some ideas how to support the art scene during the pandemic outburst:
BUY DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST
There are infinite places where you can purchase your music online, all for basically the same price. The difference is that they all pay the artists very different percentages. So better head to their official website and buy music instead of streaming; there are huge differences between the money they get for a purchase or for streaming.
It is the most secure and direct way to buy stuff connected with your favorite band or artist. The official website will lead you to the outlet and this is where the artist benefits the most from your purchase.
As a gesture of support, on March 20th Bandcamp cut their fee for 24 hours, so 100% of the revenue on that day went straight to the artists.
Go check out the Bandcamp profile of your friends and support them, this will not only help them financially but keep up their growth as an artist, get their music out there, and reach more people.
Again, go check out their store and purchase directly from them.
The music industry is suffering, thousands of serious blows as festivals and tours worldwide are cancelled because of the virus. Buying shirts and records may not seem a lot, but can actually help a lot the artists we love.
Many artists started live streaming concerts or shows. Any single euro will make a difference. If you can’t support them economically, you could still share the post and help to spread the word, so their music can reach out to many more.
PATREON, FUNDRAISING OR REACH OUT DIRECTLY
Lots of artists have been pushed to a very difficult zone where there might be no income at all for the next couple of weeks or months. Therefore, in order to be able to get through these tough times, some have created different fundraising campaigns.
Go have a look at the perks they offer and if it’s in your hands, claim something and support them sharing the campaign too.
Patreon is another option to directly help creators. You can support by a monthly payment or per post released and they will get paid every month or every time they release something new.
Photo credit: Boris Kownatzki
Sxantana - Lev Radagan
Some artists started offering some online courses, some of them even open to share their own songs’ tabs, techniques, and tricks with you. Catch the moment, reach them and schedule an online session. To work and evolve together with your favorite artist may turn into one of the most meaningful experiences in a lifetime, so now is the best time to make it happen.
FOLLOW ON SOCIAL NETWORKS/ SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR CHANNELS & MAILING LISTS
Support on social networks like Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and many more can also make a big difference. Raising the followers and viewers on the social networks can help them attract other companies interested in investing, sponsoring or working together with different artists, plus they can monetize their videos, music, and creations.
So follow and subscribe to their channels and mailing list, it will surely help.
HOLD ON TO YOUR TICKETS
Do not hurry up to get your ticket money back when some shows have been postponed, most of the bands will hopefully find a way to reschedule their gigs.
Keep yourself creative, get some nice books, learn to play some instrument, paint, draw, learn some new dance moves or more about video editing or whatever your passion is. This is the time to be with yourself and enjoy the silence but also to unite with others and surmount the situation together.
Once all this is over, we will celebrate and valorize more every single walk around a park or a jump into a lake this summer.
In the meantime, make sure to show your support for your favorite performing artist.
One day this will be over and you’ll want or feel a need to go to a concert, an art gallery or the theater. Today, the artist needs you. Support if you can.
Together we rise.