The wealth of online concerts and events is growing. I hope artists benefit from this stand-down and have been able to reach new audiences who will stay with them even when we're free to gather in person. Once you get the hang of it, its wonderful to be able to see and hear our favorite friends and performers and neither of us has to travel. I hope that the events calendar and Musician's Portal help in this endeavor, and that you will enjoy their efforts and support them as you can. Even "subscribes" on YouTube channels and "Likes" on Facebook help. Patreon too.
We love them when times are good. We need them when times are bad. The new direction of Cobscook Bay Music and this web site will be to explore ways to adapt to an online economy, to bring together our musicians and artists in an online community, and to amplify the efforts of my friends to make a living in the gigless covid-world. I hope you'll check out the articles in the Musician's Portal - commentary section for more on this.
I hope you will join me in this adventure. Subscribe to the newsletter so that I can let you know as new features are added and, I hope, you can let me know your own thoughts and activities. I intend to creat forums and other two-way communications as a focused alternative to the commercial social media and it's associated stress and confusion.
The subscribe feature for the newsletter is functional, but I've de-activated user registration until I've thoroughly secured it - the spammers and trouble-makers are busier than ever these days. Be well everyone!
In the meantime, there are things you can do to help your favorite musicians survive:
Follow the links to their online concerts, CD sales, and other endeavors they are pursuing and support them.
Don't just watch their youtube videos - "like," comment, and most important, *subscribe* to their youtube channels. This can help them qualify for "monetizing" their channels. I haven't pursued that with my channel yet but if it became feasible I would certainly use it to help support the arts. As it is, I intend to do more work on using youtube to promote the artists.