The inaugural Quarantine Comes Alive took place this past Saturday, May 30th, and raised over $170,000 for the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund and participating musicians. Presented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, the one-day, donation-based virtual music festival featured over 75 artists and benefitted organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, and Backline. Spanning more than 15 hours in length, Quarantine Comes Alive received over 200,000 views throughout the day across 61 countries.
“I am absolutely honored to announce that we’ve raised over $150k for the participating musicians and amazing organizations like Sweet Relief, MusiCares, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, World Central Kitchen, Partners In Health, Trans Lifeline, Backline and local organizations helping the homeless through the PLUS1 Relief Fund,” said festival organizer, Kunj Shah, in a press release. “We couldn’t have done it without the artists, causes, Nugs.net, the Live For Live Music team, and everyone who donated.”
In the coming weeks, the individual performances from the virtual festival—which was streamed live via Facebook, Twitch, and Nugs.TV—will be released via Live For Live Music for those who missed the show or wish to relive it. The replayed content will give fans an additional opportunity to contribute to causes hand-picked by the musicians, including those promoting social justice.
As Shah explained, “We’re going to continue to raise funds as we put out the content from the festival, and additionally, raise more money for causes promoting social justice like the NAACP, Minnesota Freedom Fund and others. I don’t plan to stop now that QCA is over, and I have my eyes on doing something similar to bring awareness and funds to people fighting for social justice. It’s really important to heed the call of the moment.”
Although Saturday’s Quarantine Comes Alive was a resounding success in raising funds for the participating musicians and a host of charitable organizations pertaining to COVID-19 relief, the day was far from a happy one in our country. As thousands of people tuned in to the virtual music festival, racial and social tensions were erupting around the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN at the hands of police. In that light, Quarantine Comes Alive began its video rollout on Sunday with Nick Cassarino‘s performance of the iconic Sam Cooke protest anthem, “A Change Is Gonna Come”.
As Cassarino, the singer/guitarist in The Nth Power, told Live For Live Music about his Quarantine Comes Alive performance, “I have played and profited from black music for 20 years. It has made me who I am. I encourage all my white brothers and sisters to publicly speak out against the blatant racial inequality in America.”
Casey Russell (Magic Beans), who led the night’s final set, Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince, also commented on the ongoing protests with regard to his Quarantine Comes Alive performance. “We find ourselves in some chaotic times. Things feel dark. We hope this music can bring a little bit of light into your day during this dark time. This is for the city of Minneapolis. This is for George Floyd. This is for justice, long overdue.” Russell, himself a Minneapolis native like both Prince and George Floyd, is asking fans to contribute to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. You can watch the full Purple Party Quarantine Comes Alive set here.