Musicians and other performing artists in Edmonton and everywhere have been partaking in free livestreams since the pandemic began. I’ve done this as well. To be honest, at the beginning many of us thought the lockdowns and health regulations against live music and gatherings would be temporary. I certainly did not anticipate the pandemic to still be raging on, nine months later.
Livestreaming is fun. It’s a way to connect with our community, with our audience, and keep our names out there. But a point is reached where we also need to focus on surviving. Sure, some of us have posted the link to our “virtual tip jar” during our free online shows, but that is really not a sustainable option.
However, we can’t forget that our work has value. When people pay to watch or listen to us, it means they are taking our creative contributions to the world seriously.
This is one of the biggest motivations behind Moving Spotlight. It’s a way for performers to remain accessible to audiences, without having to give their work away. If you are a performing artist, don’t sell yourself short. If you are going to perform online, let people pay.
Paula Kirman is a musician and the founder of Moving Spotlight.