In 2020, the Live Music Society was founded to provide a lifeline for small independent venues forced to close due to the COVID pandemic. Last year, LMS made its first round of individual monetary grants of up to $ 50,000 to 20 sites across the United States.
In 2021, LMS is supporting independent sites as they struggle to reopen in a difficult post-pandemic landscape. LMS will announce the recipients of the second round of Relief Grants on Tuesday, May 18 on the Live Music Society website: www.livemusicsociety.org.
LMS Fellows 2020 included a wide range of independent locations from across the country, from the coasts to the heart of the country. Based in 14 states across the country, the earliest grant recipients have strong connections to their communities and span the gamut of gender orientations.
Venues included renowned musical venues such as Club Passim (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the famous 85-seat folk club founded as Club 47 in 1958; the Jazz Showcase (Chicago, Illinois), the 170-seat Windy City landmark inaugurated in 1947 by the late Joe Segal; Hotel CafÃ© (Los Angeles, CA), the intimate performance space featuring acoustic songwriters; and CaffÃ© Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), the 110-seat cafÃ© where Bob Dylan performed during the folk song era. Locations span from Maine to Washington and Michigan to Texas including Mercury Lounge (Tulsa, Okla.), The Bowery Electric (New York, NY), The Royal Room (Seattle, Wash.), Club CafÃ© (Pittsburgh , Pa.), The Word Barn (Exeter, NH) and Levon Helm Studios (Woodstock, NY).
Last year, the Live Music Society awarded more than $ 800,000 to applicants. LMS has committed to providing $ 2 million in grants in its first two years of operation to support the live music ecosystem in the United States. LMS grants provide philanthropic assistance to concert halls that have been in operation for three years or more with a salable capacity of 250 occupants or less, with maximum one-year individual grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 50,000.
The Live Music Society also supports âEmpty Spaces,â a video series showcasing small venues in America; and the stories of their experiences before, during and after the pandemic. See you on June 3 for the premiere of Empty Spaces: Hi-Dive, which focuses on Denver, Colorado’s beloved Hi-Dive, an institution in Historic Baker’s District, an incubator for local talent. and an essential stop for touring groups.
LMS believes that music is central to what it means to be alive. Live Music Society seeks to support initiatives that promote and preserve the performance and experience of live music in our society.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s grants will prioritize small concert halls – to help them survive this crisis and thrive again when they can reopen. Small concert halls play a vital role in the music industry. They offer an intimate experience between an artist and his audience that remains unmatched by any other platform.
These spaces are also where musicians develop their craft and connect with their fans. Yet these priceless places are threatened by big business, economic challenges, shrinking audiences who consume music digitally, and extended shutdowns due to a global pandemic. Live Music Society will provide grants to small concert halls to help them get through these difficult times of closure and to support their creative ideas when they reopen, so that they can once again do what they do best – connect them. musicians and their community.