The bulk of most musicians’ incomes from touring and live event performances. Amid the ongoing coronavirus, musicians, bands, and music industry professionals are left with empty stages thanks to the growing number of postponed or fully cancelled tours and festivals. The quarantined life could be financially disastrous for some musicians, but it could also be a great time to plug into the downtime to find innovative new ways to create revenue in the ever-evolving music industry.
Founded by a group of musicians in 2012, AirGigs hopes to provide the music community with new possibilities and opportunities via remote collaboration from over 150 different countries.
Offering a vast array of services, including job postings for session work, audio engineering/mixing, and lessons, AirGigs allows music professionals the platform to connect their talents to a worldwide network of songwriters, producers, and content creators from the comfort of their own homes. The innovative online platform was designed to give artists and professionals a space to create individualized service pages to offer their expertise while simultaneously promoting their talents to a wide range of creators. The platform is also open to professionals of all career levels, from Grammy Award-winners to some of today’s top emerging artists.
“Now, more than ever, it is essential that services like AirGigs are available to the artist community to continue the creative process and to help artists diversify revenue streams outside of touring,” AirGigs Co-Founder David Blacker mentioned in a statement about his company’s services. “What makes the platform unique is that our users can create their own service listings, set their own rates, receive reviews, collect funds and can be found by music creators all over the world via one central platform.”
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, AirGigs is rolling out live performances via the company’s Facebook page by way of webcast, which allows musicians to accept donations and receive 100% of the proceeds. The platform will also create a series of resources on their blog that will outline opportunities and advice for musicians seeking new ways to stay productive and working in the midst of the crisis. Prior to the pandemic, AirGigs collected 10% of all profits earned through the platform. During this global pandemic, however, artists who withdraw $250 or more at a time from their sales, will receive a two percent cash bonus.
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