“We started hearing a few months ago that musicians after having no shows for nine months were starting to hit hard times,” said Cass Clayton, a local musician.
She is among those now partnering with Denver’s popular music venue Dazzle to get relief to artists sooner rather than later.
“Once people realized this wasn’t going away there’s kind of a level of freaking out, like ‘What do we do to make ends meet?’” Clayton said.
They’re now launching an event called Bread and Jam, using part of the venue as a food pantry open to all musicians, and offering the stage for artists to perform on a live stream, while also offering up a small amount of pay.
Dwight Thompson with Dazzle helped make it all happen.
“We have been able to find some really generous donors. (We’ve) been able to pitch in on our own, basically make it so musicians can get paid, so they get a guarantee to play,” he said.
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