The music scene is suffering right now. For the fans, of course. We can’t go out and see shows. But for artists, groups and venues, the struggle is much more acute. Tours and concerts are an integral part of a musician’s life, and at the moment that is not an option.
One thing that listeners can do to make this time easier for artists is to buy and stream their music. I say “buy first” because it is always the best option. But times are tough right now, and if you can’t spare the money to buy a new album, we’ve created a playlist of local artists so you can instead play their music for hours on end while you watch. you practice social distancing. (Editor’s Note: Artists will earn a small amount from the streaming service. We chose to create a playlist for local artists specifically because it will benefit them in one way or another. If the playlist didn’t involve something for artists, even if it’s a small amount, we wouldn’t.)
This playlist is something that we plan to keep running on an ongoing basis and will be updated as your favorite local bands release new music. Right now we have 20 featured songs from 20 different artists from central Oregon on the playlist to start with, so feel free to comment on any songs you’d like to see added there.
However, if you can purchase any tracks, I recommend doing so this Friday on Bandcamp. Midnight to midnight March 20 the music hosting and publishing site will forgo its revenue share. An entire day of full music sales can do a lot for artists as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic.
Check out the playlist below and let us know what you’d like to see here. For now, it’s time to jam.
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