5 Ways To Support Your Favorite Artists During Quarantine
People all over the world are feeling the impact of Covid-19. Millions of people are out of work, the stock market is down and the number of Covid-19 related deaths continue to rise. While the financial toll on the average worker is already apparent, we can’t forget the people we look to for inspiration and entertainment. This quarantine has also made it difficult for them to earn money. So in the spirit of keeping it hip hop, here are 5 ways to support your favorite artists during quarantine.
Make Online Music Purchases
Since we’re required to practice social distancing, attending live events is out of the question indefinitely. For artists who earn the bulk of their income touring, this can be an especially difficult time. Go through your music library. If you’ve been streaming a particular artist but haven’t actually purchased any of their projects, do so now. While there’s nothing wrong with streaming from a paid subscription service, unit sales still count.
These days you can purchase almost anything online. If your favorite artist sells merchandise online this would be a great time to finally cop that signed limited edition album or baseball cap. Not only are you showing your support, but when you are finally allowed outside you will be prepared to represent to the fullest.
Follow All Their Social Media Accounts
If you’re a true fan you’re probably already doing this. But now is not the time for passive followers. Make a conscious effort to check in on their social media pages periodically. This will be their only means of communication with their fans. This is where you’ll be updated on what they’re up to, if they’re releasing any new music or offering their products and/or services.
Join Their Live Feeds
With the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine, many artists have taken to IG and Youtube live to keep us entertained. So if your favorite artists go live, join in on the party. The more people signed on, the more lit it will be.
But there’s another reason to join the live feed. If you support an artist who’s still building a following, the live feed can be a game changer. If your artist goes live and hundreds of thousands of people sign on, this could draw free publicity -which could lead to other opportunities.
Share Their Music
I am not suggesting anyone steal music or give it away for free. That’s not what I’m about. I created the Rapmajor community so I could be an ally to the artists who represent the culture. But it takes all of us.
If your favorite artist announces a new project is coming, share the announcement so the people who follow you can see it. If they post a link to a new track or video, share that too. And don’t assume that you need to have a million followers to make an impact. You don’t.
And don’t limit sharing to online only. I’m constantly trying to put people on to emcees I think are dope. My friends and family are probably sick of me. But do I GAF? Nope. I’m trying to help them out! And if they like what they hear, I’ve recruited a new fan. How dope is that?
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives. But it doesn’t have to be all bad. Lets use this crisis as an opportunity to rest, rejuvenate and spend time with our families. In the meantime, we have to be creative about how we conduct or business.
We need to remember that not all artists are wealthy. Many of our favorites pour their hearts and souls into their music. It’s their words that comfort us during hard times and keep us lit when things are good.
These artists make us think and inspire us in ways unimaginable. Their music is the soundtrack to our lives. Let’s not abandon them now.
This was just 5 ways to support your favorite artists during quarantine. We should be doing these things anyway, but now it’s more important than ever.
Comment below if you have any other ideas worth sharing.