The links below are to pages where you can support your favorite musicians while most of the live music venues are shut down due to COVID-19 (the coronavirus).
Last updated 3.30.20
PAY THE MUSICIANS
The Chicago Blues Revival nonprofit, which was created last year to support the Chicago blues community, has set up a one-stop shop where you can watch blues videos and pay the musicians directly. The site currently has 12 musicians who have contributed videos to the site and more will be added regularly.
MUSICIANS: SEND YOUR INFORMATION HERE
FANS: WATCH A VIDEO AND LEAVE A GOOD TIP
MUSICIANS: Send your performance info here: chicagoblues.live/contact-us
LIVE AT ROSA'S
Rosa's Lounge will be streaming some live shows from its Facebook page, including Pete Galanis' birthday party on Friday and Joanna Connor on Saturday. It's free, but you can send a tip if you want at paypal.me/rosaslounge.
GoFundMe: Support Rosa's Lounge Employees
SUPPORT LURRIE BELL
Lurrie Bell and Melvin Little will be performing live every Wednesday and are asking for a $10 donation for the one-hour performances. According to the posts on Facebook, Lurrie is happy to consider all song requests.
The Bandsintown official channel on Twitch (which, if I knew what that was, I would be too young to collect social security). I do know that it is another option for bands to live stream their performances. Here's what the email says:
MUSICIANS (to promote your live streams):
Donate to the Staff Fund. They are trying to raise $10,000 to pay their employees. (By 3.24.20, they had $7000+.)
CAN'T STOP THE BLUES
A 100% nonprofit (Title Pending) Organization that enables Blues Artists to connect with fans who have passion for the blues and the passion to HELP, DONATE and CONTRIBUTE to the Blues artists we all love. Can’t Stop The Blues does not take any money that you donate to these artists during their live streams.
The Blues Foundation has created an Emergency Relief Fund for musicians.
PAYING THE BLUES FORWARD
This is a GoFundMe fundraiser started by Mike Zito and Nick Moss to raise for their fellow blues musicians. They are asking artists who are in need of assistance to contribute a song for this project and in return are going to try and raise $1000 each for the artist and their band members.
They have a number of initiatives while the venue is closed for live shows:
The online gift card shop. These gift cards never expire and will be good for drinks at the bar, tickets at our onsite box office, and even for private event bookings.
The fitzgeraldsmerchbooth.com, which is selling a T-shirt with attitude:
"I STAYED HOME FROM FITZGERALD'S NIGHTCLUB AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY T-SHIRT (c. 2020)." There's also a coffee mug and some other odds and ends and soon they will be uploading the inventory of vintage FitzGerald's festival shirts you can buy online and then come by the club for curbside pickup.
A LIVE STREAMED CONCERT featuring the Shout Section Big Band on Sunday, March 22 from 6-930pm on Facebook Live. You can use the Shout Section paypal link to send donations.
SOCIAL DISTANCING PRESENTS
A new Facebook page that promotes artists who live stream shows from their home. According to Mark Guarino, a Chicago journalist who created the page, artists can create event pages for upcoming shows, and can include a PayPal or Venmo account so fans can donate what they can afford to help the musicians.
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