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As COVID-19 shuts down the arts, the performers, and the teachers, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN presents 'a quick start guide to live streaming'

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We are about a week into the COVID-19 shut downs that have affected almost every arts organization, performing artist, teacher, professor, food industry worker, and beyond. No matter what we do, this will have a giant impact on the economy. For artists, losing performance fees and teaching wages are the hardest blows. Luckily the internet is an incredible resource in times of social isolation. Whether you're an independent artist, small nonprofit organization, or a large institution, there are ways to move your performances online and even monetize these efforts to help mitigate the large-scale cancellations and loss of income facing our creative community. 

Artists are already going online with their music. Igor Levit has been live on Twitter. The Dropkick Murphy's hosted a St. Patrick's Day live stream. You can simply go live on any mobile device these days, but there are a few ways to step up your game to get better audio and a good picture. The following is a quick start guide to considering all of the specs and opportunities for your live streaming set up. 

Adam Schumaker from I CARE IF YOU LISTEN recommend that you take these steps to get started:

1. Decide the social media platform you want your streams to originate from – I'd recommend a platform you have the most followers and activity on.

2. Assess your streaming devices – what do you and your friends have to work with on the tech side? How can you make it better? How will you mount your cameras and get a great picture?

3. Make your audio the best it can be. Can you collaborate with friends before you go buy something?

4. Last, how will your streaming benefit your community and career in terms of collaborations, networking, and finances. Be creative. Experiment. Have fun.

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