Can you imagine getting through lockdown without books, films, video games and music? During the coronavirus pandemic, the arts have been a lifeline for many. But with concerts, plays and all kinds of live events having been taken off the table, if your income depends on the performing arts, you might be struggling right now.
Limitation can be the mother of creativity, and however, musicians at all levels have been using the internet to keep on practicing their art whilst maintaining social distancing. Sautisol, The Kansol, and King Kaka are all artists who have released music during the pandemic. Releasing music online may be nothing new but performing online is a different beast.
Moving your concerts to the digital space is one way to keep your fans engaged, keep your skills sharp and recoup the income lost to those canceled gigs. Spotlit is a good place to do this! Musicians can perform on Spotlit by using the Go Live feature, which can be utilized in a number of ways. Read on to find out how:
Go Live and Stream Your Concerts
Unlike other streaming platforms, on Spotlit only your subscribers will be able to watch your streams (Unless you are co-streaming – we’ll get to that in a bit). This can give a wonderful exclusive feel to your digital concerts – especially if you make use of the interaction tools available when you Go Live to interact with your fans.
Nothing can replace the warmth you get from performing live to an appreciative audience, but Spotlit’ interaction tools allow you to capture some of that connection on stream. Your fans can send you a heart when they are really enjoying your music and also talk to you in the chat bar on the right-hand side. This is one way in which streamed concerts have the upper hand on IRL ones – your audience can send requests and comments for you to check between songs, without interrupting your performance.
Of course, an important reason musicians are streaming their concerts on Spotlit right now is to recoup some of the income lost due to canceled gigs during the coronavirus pandemic. There are many ways a musician can earn on Spotlit, but streaming your performance is one of the best ways to earn through tips. Fans can tip creators on any Spotlit stream. Your fans might tip you spontaneously, great! There is also no shame in asking for tips, either in return for a service such as playing a request or as a show of support.
Perform Online for a ticket fee
If you have a free Spotlit account you can Go Live with a payment gated-stream. This essentially means you can charge a “ticket fee” in the same way you would to an in-person concert. You can set your own entry price depending on what your concert is worth, the average ticket is around $3.
Perform With Fellow Musician
On Spotlit you can co-stream with a fellow creator. If you don’t want the pressure of performing a full concert by yourself, why not team up with another musician and do a collaborative digital concert? Subscribers to both of your Spotlit accounts will be able to watch your stream.
You can find out how in our co-streaming post.
Upload your live videos
If streaming doesn’t appeal, you can still perform on Spotlit by uploading videos of your performances after the fact. If you have a paid account, this can be great content for your fans included in their subscription fee. If you have a free account, you can make these into paid posts and earn from them that way.
Musicians are Performing on Spotlit
Limitations can be the mother of creativity, in this case, digital creativity. The technology to live-stream concerts has been around for a while but lockdowns around the world have forced musicians and audiences alike to wake up to the benefits and the opportunities of performing online. If you are a musician looking for a place to focus your energies during all of this time at home, sign up to Spotlit, and see if it works for you. With musicians using Spotlit to release content and interact with their fans in innovative ways, it looks like musicians will be embracing the digital side of their craft long after the pandemic is over.