The year 2020 has ended. We are well on our way into 2021. Looking back to March 2020, we never could have imagined that the whole world would come to a screeching halt, but it did. 2020 is a year that will be talked about and studied for generations to come. There is hope that the world will get back to some sense of normalcy, and it may take some time before we return to our regular routines, but we will get there.
LMMF was off to a good start with the “New Artist Series” in 2020. We kicked off the series with Jalen Baker, jazz vibraphonist/percussionist, in January. We also featured vocalist Daria Savannah in February. These exciting presentations were just a taste of what LMMF had planned.
How we stayed connected
As the performances stopped, we relied heavily on social media, text messages, and email to stay connected with our supporters. LMMF partnered with Joe Langford of Art Official Intelligence to host Instagram training for our supporters and as a way to share information and promote the organization to new supporters.
Through this effort, we made connections with over 150 people on Instagram. Our goal is to continue the outreach to generate more support when we begin to host in-person activities. We were able to share musical video clips, trivia, and quotes from favorite artists. We also held two fundraising campaigns and were able to raise needed funds for the organization. If you haven’t been following us, take a look at @livemusicmovement.
New Music Grant
Our most exciting event of 2020 was the initiation of the New Music Grant that was awarded to Bassist Weldon Scott. Weldon, a student at California State University, Los Angeles, has been involved with LMMF since 2017 and is currently recording his first CD.
We are proud to support Weldon’s project. It allows LMMF to fulfill its mission to present, promote and preserve jazz, blues, and soul music through performances, education, and commission of new works. We’ll share more information on Weldon’s educational and musical journey in future posts and emails.
Moving into 2021, we will continue to support new artists with our New Artist Series and present new music with CD release performances with exciting young performers. We will continue to host collaborative performances featuring professional and emerging artists. Be on the lookout for more information about what LMMF will be doing in 2021.
We wish you a happy and fruitful new year filled with all things good and musical.