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Thread: Crowd funding isolation gigs for local original live music, is there a demand?

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    Crowd funding isolation gigs for local original live music, is there a demand?

    I've been seeing musicians streaming their music on facebook for free, or with tip jars. And as a patron I am really starting to miss going to gigs (different genres to what the ones inclined to live stream play). I'm a sound tech by trade too, so wrangling together some bands and the equipment to make a high fidelity mix to broadcast is certainly within my means (frankly I would rather include a lighting show too if the market supports it).

    So my mind wanders to trying to activate venues that are currently closed for closed to the public/live streamed concerts. But I would want to pay a hire fee, and I'd want to pay the bands, and I'd want to pay myself. Which makes me wonder if people would be willing to pay for a ticket (like $10 same as a live show would cost). But then you are still gambling on them feeling like attending on the day, so then i wonder if maybe actually crowd funding would be a good format for making such a live stream manifest?

    So I put this question out there into the universe. Did you used to go to gigs or would you like to go to gigs? Do you miss seeing bands play enough to participate in crowd funding live streamed shows? (Still I would think pretty cheap, $10 buy in) I think I would like the live stream to be something that could also host a chat function so the people watching can interact and those who can't make it during the live broadcast should be able to access the video after the fact.

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    I would probably not pay $10 for watching a video, nor would I contribute to a go fund me page unless it were a charity case or had a charitable function..
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    if people would be willing to pay for a ticket (like $10 same as a live show would cost).

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    Would you go out to watch local bands under normal circumstances? (And if yes what genres?)

    To make the distinction, I mean crowd funding as in, like a kick starter, you are essentially paying for the product before it is developed because you like the idea and you would want to buy that if it did exist. Not charity, not a go fund me.

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    I would see live music but not spend $10 to see a video, nor contribute to anything that is not donating some part to good causes. Investments are an entirely different situation.
    Originally Posted by 1a1a
    I mean crowd funding as in, like a kick starter, you are essentially paying for the product before it is developed because you like the idea and you would want to buy that if it did exist.

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    I appreciate your data points and I am curious why you feel money for a live performance that you can only access via the PC due to health reasons is an act of charity? Assuming you like the bands playing and want to support them isn't that why we pay the price of admission when we go out?

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    My fiance is in a rock band, and his band and many others have been recording themselves and uploading to fb. It's hard as they're all having to record separately due to social distancing and no in person practice. The timings are off.
    Would I pay to watch? Honestly, when you can access recordings maybe not.
    However, if the bands can still interact with the crowd and maybe even do sing requests while playing live. I might be tempted. But only with the crowd interaction as that's a huge part of going to a gig.

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    It's simply another take on pay-per-view. With so many well know artists doing 'live' shows for free or to benefit people in this crisis, you will have some stiff competition. If you want a pay-per-view situation, call it that. It's for profit, not charitable or philanthropic. People pay for stuff all the time, cable, internet, apps, etc.
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    money for a live performance that you can only access via the PC due to health reasons is an act of charity?

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    I never called it for charity, you extrapolated that from the use of the crowd funding concept to ensure market demand where as what I mean by that is you have the money from people wanting to participate before you put the thing on.

    Yeah, pay per view, exactly that. But with presale tickets so to speak. Which brings me back to do other people miss gigs and would they want to pay a token fee to see their favourite locals live streamed?

    Good perspective Butterfly wrists. You could get very close to the same effect from listening to or watching live sets recorded in the before times. Although not all bands have them and there is more energy off of live shows than studio recordings, in between song banter etc. But live streamed iso concerts could allow people to go on giving live performances in a fashion while itís unsafe to do them in person (which I think could drag on for the next couple of years). I see all the ad hoc live streams too (nothing with the timing issues of trying to stitch together disparate audio tracks though), Iím thinking more a proper show with full production, band, good sound, lighting

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    no. i would not pay to watch a live stream of some local band. They could do a livestream to promote sales of their cd, shirts, or posters, etc, or something.

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    Originally Posted by abitbroken
    no. i would not pay to watch a live stream of some local band. They could do a livestream to promote sales of their cd, shirts, or posters, etc, or something.
    ^ I second this post.

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