Most of us have halted our daily lives and have been self-isolating for the greater good. The arts are especially needed during these times of uncertainty and anxiety. Many organizations have risen to the occasion, despite financial and personnel set-backs. We wanted to curate some FREE ways to continue your musical and creative lives online! Yes these resources are free, but please consider supporting the organizations and individuals who have provided value to the online music community. It can be anything from purchasing a membership to shouting them out on your social platforms!
ONLINE MUSIC EDUCATION RESOURCES
Academy of Scoring Arts is an educational nonprofit for those in the media scoring industry. They host events focused on orchestration, score analysis studies, and navigating the professional scoring world. Right now, they are offering access to a collection of their panel event videos for free! Composers: you can also send in your demos to be critiqued anonymously by the community. Sign up for their email newsletter for more details. (Disclaimer: I’m on the board!)
Thomas Goss of Orchestration Online hosts a thriving Youtube channel and online community. Absorbing his content will surely improve your orchestral composition chops. Show your support by purchasing his two ebooks. They are completely worth it.
Other Youtube channel shoutouts:
- Adam Neely (music theory, lifestyle)
- Andrew Huang (music production)
- 12Tone (music theory, etc.)
- Vihart (not just music, but mind-expanding stuff)
Many courses taught at Ivy League Universities are available to audit online via Coursera!
This Live Performance in Ableton course by Brian Funk will teach you how to integrate live loops, vocal & instrumental performances, and pre-recorded clips into your on-stage performances! Live music has been cancelled for the time being, but you can come out of quarantine ready for your next gig. Free with code: STAYHOME
CONCERTS and PERFORMANCES TO STREAM ONLINE
- The Metropolitan Opera is giving audiences the ability to stream their performances for free for a limited time!
- The Paris Opera is also broadcasting their ballets and operas.
- View Broadway musical performances with a 7 day free trial at Broadway HD.
- Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center has a collection of performances and videos to stream for free.
- Receive free access to live broadcasts, interviews, documentaries when you sign up at Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall.
- Stageit allows artists to perform from their homes and fans to pay for tickets, stream and tip them! There’s no archive here, so you’ll have to catch the performances live.
- SXSW is cancelled, but Fader Fort will continue online! They’ll be doing a 9-hour live stream of performances by more than 40 different artists on March 31st.
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We hope everyone is staying safe and sane!