With the Levitt Amp Galva Music Series postponed due to COVID-19 and the future of many musicians who rely on live performance to get by up in the air, a local group is coming together to support independent musicians. According to a release from the Galva Arts Council, Play it Forward is an initiative the partners the Arts Council with Heartland Connections, Done Right TV, Peoria Music Live, and the Bishop Hill Creative Commons. Using a grant from the Galesburg Community Foundation, a series of virtual concerts are planned that will allow for artists to get paid to perform and accept tips from those who visit the performance online.
Performers who would like to apply to take part in Play it Forward virtual concerts need to submit an application via the Heartland Connections website, HeartlandConnections.com/playitforward. The deadline for performers to apply is May, 17th. Fans who would like to make donations to support musicians via the Play it Forward initiative can go to the Facebook fundraising page for Play it Forward, linked here. $500.00 grants will be handed out to musicians chosen to take part in Play it Forward virtual concerts.
“To support musicians during this critical time, the Play it Forward campaign will distribute $500 grants* to musicians facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 and broadcast a live stream of a performance by the artist, recorded without an audience**, where additional tips will be collected for the performer.
Submissions will be accepted through May 17th. Grant recipients will be announced on May 18th and notified by email.”