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The music won't stop: virtual concert series launching in Buffalo to support sidelined artists

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 08:20:12-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The music won’t stop in Buffalo.

In the wake of the coronavirus public health pandemic, gatherings of more than 500 people have been banned across the state, while Erie County has recommended no one gather in groups of more than 250 people.

While those guidelines are important for the health of residents, it is hiring the pockets of working artists across the world.

That’s why the Band Together Online Concert Series is launching out of Buffalo Iron Works.

The facility agreed to donate space to the bands and technicians in order to live-stream concerts — without an audience.

Over the next 30-60 days, Buffalo.fm and Ripe Audio are working together to bring a temporary solution to artists and help support their expenses.

Proceeds will go directly to artists, according to the organizers and they will all get a stipend provided by donations and sponsors.

A donation link will be posted on each video and viewers can help send money via PayPal or Venmo to their favorite artists. There will be no charge to view the concerts, but fans are encouraged to donate the the project’s GoFundMe or directly to the artists via the payment link.

It’s like a virtual tip jar.

Each show will last 30-45 minutes and be streamed live, but also available to each band or artist to archive and provide to their audiences for additional viewing after the “concert” ends.

Shows are open to full-time musicians and bands in the greater-Buffalo area.

Artists who are interested can fill out a form here.

To financially support this project here.

If you are an organization who is interested in sponsoring this concert series contact Marc Odien at buffalofm@wnymedia.net