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‘Come Together’ Online for No Place for Hate on Friday, April 3

Even in times of pandemic worries and social distancing, our communities are not homes for hate: That’s the message more than a dozen musicians from across the Mid-Atlantic will come together online to share next week.

The virtual “Come Together” concert at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) on Friday, April 3, will feature live performances from the musicians’ own homes, which are scattered across Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, as well as the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. The benefit event supports No Place for HateĀ®, a 20-year old initiative of the Anti-Defamation League that is present in hundreds of school districts across the country.

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WATCH: Live Events in the Time of Corona

Earlier this week, our partners at Tuk Law Offices held a livestream video conference to discuss the impacts of the abrupt interruptions to live entertainment that have resulted from the global COVID-19 outbreak, and which have temporarily left countless industry professionals without work.

Join host Bryan Tuk alongside panelists Patrick Brogan, Chief Programming Officer at ArtsQuest (Bethlehem, PA) and UMC Founder Gerard Longo to discuss the impact of the pandemic on live entertainers and presenters alike.

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Friday’s Virtual Underground Writers Round Lineup Announced

Anna Claire Loftis is one of six artists joining us. See the full lineup!

Earlier this week, we were pleased to tell you that we’re working with AGD Entertainment to bring the March Underground Writers Round to you after all, via the wonders of the internet.

With that, we’re excited to give you the lineup, complete with time slots. You’ll find it after the jump!

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Underground Writers Round Livestream for Tornado Relief on Friday, March 27

A couple weeks ago, we had to make the decision to postpone our March Underground Writers Round with AGD Entertainment, citing what were, at the time, growing concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19.

We all know the story from there. However, even though we can’t gather in person, music and community will always find a way!

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UMC Real Talk: COVID-19 and Creatives

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the U.S. and world, many states and cities have enacted shelter-in-place orders.

Through fear and uncertainty, here are some thoughts on what we’re going through, and what we can do to stay empowered while we wait this out.

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UPDATED 3/28: A List of Artist Relief Resources in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the entertainment industry — and most of the world — to a grinding halt. With that, countless individuals in the industry have seen their sources of income disappear in an instant.

With that, a growing number of organizations and individuals are stepping up to ensure that affected people have a chance to stay financially afloat in uncertain times. We’ve compiled a list below, and will be maintaining and updating this list daily, as we become aware of more.

If you know of any other resources for artists in this time — on a local or national level — please contact us immediately.

Industry-wide
Artist Relief Tree (Waitlist)
Bandcamp Donating Revenue Share to Artists (Friday, Mar. 20)
Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund
Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund
Luna Sea Media: Resources for Musicians to Financially Survive CoronaVirus Cancellations
MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund
Patreon COVID-19 Grant Application
Sound Royalties No-Fee Advance Fund
Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Tour Support (LightHopeLife)

Location-specific
The 5 Spot Community Fund (Nashville, TN)
615 Service and Entertainment COVID-19 Relief Fund (Nashville, TN)
Band Together Buffalo Online Concert Series (Buffalo, NY)
Bay Area Musician’s Relief Fund (Bay Area, CA)
Boston Artist Relief Fund (Boston, MA)
The East Room Staff Fund (Nashville, TN)
Greater Cincinnati Artist Relief Fund (Cincinnati, OH)
Michigan Music Alliance Artist Relief Fund
Nashville Venue and Employee Support (via No Country for New Nashville)
NC Artist Relief Fund (Raleigh, NC)
The Rauschenberg Foundation/New York Foundation for the Arts (Emergency Medical Grants) (New York, NY)
The Safety Net Fund (Bay Area, CA)
Santa Cruz Symphony Musician Relief Fund (Santa Cruz, CA)

Help UMC Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Middle Tennessee

Despite the postponement of our March Underground Writers Round due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, we still encourage you to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in the wake of the tornadoes that ravaged Middle Tennessee.

We have set up a way to donate to Hands On Nashville on our Facebook page. We understand that things are tight for many of you, with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on our industry still taking shape. However, if you do have a few dollars to spare, please consider pitching in. If you don’t, we simply ask that you consider sharing this post.

Either way, we appreciate your support for our community.

March 20 Underground Writers Round to Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts

In the wake of the tornadoes that devastated Middle Tennessee in the early morning hours of March 3, all of us — UMC, AGD Entertainment, and the performers — have decided to donate all door proceeds from our upcoming Underground Writers Round at Douglas Corner Cafe to disaster relief efforts in the area.

All funds collected at the door on Friday, March 20 will be donated directly to Hands On Nashville, a local non-profit and one of the many organizations spearheading recovery and cleanup efforts following the storms that damaged much of our region. Hands On Nashville is working hard to coordinate volunteer projects throughout the city, and we wish to provide resources to help them continue this critical work.

We encourage you to learn more about the work of Hands On Nashville and get involved at their website. And, we look forward to seeing you at Douglas Corner on Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. for a $5 suggested donation.

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