+++UPDATE: Global: RA to stream 43 hour rave from Friday

As part of the #SaveOurScene, Resident Advisor is streaming a 42-hour virtual rave this weekend as part of their campaign.

Club Quarantäne is brought to you by various industry players, including booking agencies, audio companies and YouTube.

It’ll run from Friday night, March 27th, through Sunday afternoon, the 30th, with DJs like Helena HauffSkee MaskMarcel DettmannCEMShanti CelesteSolid BlakeSybilRandomer and Ryan Elliott contributing prerecorded sets.

The project supports various initiatives, including Karada HouseTS Raver and Berlin Collective Action: Nightlife Emergency Fund. Viewers will be able to donate via the Club Quarantine website.

Tune in to start the weekend on Friday night

Read more about it here:



+++UPDATE: Iran: Coronavirus is suffocating an already strained experimental music community

Iran has experienced a lock down for just over a month now. In this article Peter Sherbourne from Pitchfork interviews ambient producer and co-founder of Tehran’s SET festival, Siavash Amini. Amini reveals how the situation is unfolding for the already strained experimental music community in Iran.

Prior to Corona, independent musicians already experienced difficulty in Iran. Government permission is required to put on concerts, and U.S. sanctions put in place by the Trump administration deny Iranians access to the international financial system—which means, for instance, no PayPal, and thus no Bandcamp or Discogs.

Read full article in Pitchfork

+++UPDATE: GLOBAL: Beatport is hosting a 24 hour fundraiser livestream on Friday in partnership with TWITCH

ReConnect. A Global Music Series brings 24 artists including Carl Cox, Bonobo, Nina Kraviz, Griz, RÜFÜS DU SOL (DJ set), A-Trak, Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebing and Nora En Pure, will be performing from their homes or studios around the globe.

Beatport will be providing track IDs as songs are played on Twitch so fans can purchase any of the music they hear and support the independent artist and label community directly.

Join the event, and share here

+++UPDATE: Germany: Berlin’s United We Stream has nearly raised 1m for nightclubs and artists during pandemic

Berlin based initiative, United We Stream had fundraised $1m with Streamed DJ Sets.

The money is going towards a relief fund for artists and nightclub workers, 9,000 of which are out of jobs under quarantine. So far, they’ve raised roughly 745.985,72€ through a crowdfunding website.

Donate here

Read more about it in Forbes

+++Update: Global: BandCamp direct-to-artists sale last Friday made $4.3 million for artists

Bandcamp set an example to all other music streaming during this time of crisis platforms, by taking direct action to support the artists that upload to their platform.

The platform waived all of its usual fees so all money would go directly to accountholders.

(Many record labels followed suit, also giving all the money made off their Bandcamp accounts to the featured artists.) 

Read more in Resident Advisor

+++Update: Berlin’s nightlife collectives stand together and announce Berlin Collective Action: Nightlife Emergency Fund

The emergency fund aims to provide financial aid to at-risk nightlife workers in Berlin — those whose livelihoods have been severely impacted by COVID-19.

Co-organisers include members of aequa, Berlin Strippers’ Collective,
DOGMA, Host Aware, Lecken, POLY. Artists, Radiant Love, Room 4 Resistance, TS
Raver and TUF.

For more information and to donate:

https://www.betterplace.me/berlin–action-nightlife-emergency-fund16

https://www.clashmusic.com/news/berlin-nightlife-communities-launch-berlin-collective-action-nightlife-emergency-fund

+++Update; New York Times on the imminent unfolding food crisis & the importance of effective federal aid.

Federal food aid, that utilises unused restaurants & public spaces, would support millions of jobs whilst feeding those in need.

 Extract from article:

— Support the private sector as quickly as possible when the economy crashes, as it did after Maria: activate kitchens with federal dollars to serve the people.

— Repurpose and deploy community facilities, while expanding their mission: use the kitchens in schools and arenas to feed more people, more quickly.

— Solve the informational and logistical challenge: Matching demand and supply — by getting food to the people who need it most — is even more challenging than cooking in a crisis. Distribution is the Achilles’ heel of any disaster response.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/opinion/restaurants-coronavirus-food-aid.html?referringSource=articleShare

+++Update: Seattle organisation releases Covid-19 Handbook for the Creative Industries

Working to adapt and move forward in the new Corona Virus reality, King County- Creative have compiled a useful handbook for the creatives during the pandemic.

Full of resources, initiatives and tips to support arts, culture and community whilst taking care of yourself.

King County Creative is a organisation in in Seattle, focused on supporting film, music and the creative industries for the region.

Read more here: