MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Mempho Music Festival is the latest event to postpone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of cancellations like this one, thousands of Mid-South musicians and artists are out of work.
But there is relief on the way to support these artists.
Many of us know Memphis for its live music, so it’s hard to imagine the city without it.
This week, the Memphis Music Hub, Memphis Tourism and I Love Memphis decided to host a virtual music experience and fundraiser.
The only thing you need to get a ticket for the concert is access to Facebook and you can be in the front row of a music festival without leaving your couch.
The 3-night event is called “Get Live Memphis.”
Memphis Tourism music specialist, Jayne Ellen White said, “It’s like a real festival, someone goes on at 8 o’clock, you’re inside the event watching it but if you tune in at like 9:30, you can see the 8:00 event or 8:30 event. You can see all the musicians whenever and you can choose who you want to see and it lives there.”
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged to support Memphis musicians who are now out of work after COVID-19 canceled shows and closed venues.
Orange Mound artist IMAKEMADEBEATS told FOX13 he had to cancel one of his biggest performances of the year because of the pandemic.
“We recently partnered with Red Bull to do a lot of our events this year and we were looking forward to this being a big domino to drop for us,” he said.
Now he’s one of the headliners for this virtual festival and he said he’s hopeful music fans across the Mid-South will tune in and give back.
“I think sometimes Memphis takes for granted how much we produce music and how much this place is a music place that sometimes we forget its literally the thing we’re most known for across the world and we need to protect it!” he said.
Memphis Tourism told FOX13 music is the number one reason why people visit the Bluff City and that’s why they’re asking fans to support this vital part of the city’s DNA.
“We just want to make sure that no matter what, no matter whatever comes tomorrow that there is an opportunity for these musicians to do what they do every day and keep Memphis – Memphis,” White said.
And of course, artists scheduled to perform in this virtual festival are social distancing too. IMAKEMADEBEATS will perform in his home studio.
You can donate to the Music Export Memphis COVID-19 Fund, here: http://musicexportmemphis.org/news/covid-19/
There is a dropdown menu that allows you to choose how your gift should be designated – please select COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
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