Music is coming to your home, and it’s all thanks to a new initiative between the National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada. Canadian musician Jim Cuddy kicks off the special #CanadaPerforms live concert series starting today, March 19, at 2:00 PM.
Today’s Facebook Live concert will also feature his sons, Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley, and Colin Cripps. You can watch it, and upcoming performances, on the National Arts Centre’s Facebook page.
Future performances will feature Serena Ryder, William Prince, Irish Mythen, Erin Costelo, and Whitehorse.
“During life’s brightest moments and most challenging times, music and the performing arts have brought us joy and comfort,” Facebook Canada said in the statement. “This is especially true now–across our platforms, we’ve seen arts performers sharing their craft online, playing an important role in helping people feel connected while practicing social distancing.”
“Yet, as performance venues close and tours are canceled due to COVID-19, many Canadian performing artists’ livelihoods have been deeply impacted. In direct response, today, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and Facebook Canada are launching a $100,000 relief fund that will pay Canadian artists for online performances and to put the value of our platforms to work in celebration of the Canadian arts community.”
“NAC will receive and administer applications from artists. Selected artists will then share an online performance between today and March 31, 2020. In addition to receiving financial support, selected artists’ performances will be shared on NAC’s Facebook page and will be discoverable by searching #CanadaPerforms.”
Performers looking to apply for the relief fund can find out more on the NAC website.