PERFORMANCE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT UPDATE
The Summer Performance Project Committee has worked hard for the past several months to arrange for performances in various Portland parks, and are very pleased to announce that Part 1 of the project is complete!
Portland Parks & Recreation hosted ten gigs for the CBA, and we were able to pay the 22 musicians who played. The participating musicians were Julie Amici Trio, Ken Brewer, Joanne Broh Trio, (with Kathryn Grimm and Sonny Hess), John Bunzow (with Denny Bixby), Mary Flower, Robbie Laws, Mojo Holler, Jenny Moriarty Experience, Lauren Sheehan Trio, LaRhonda Steele Trio.
This project came about because of the COVID-19 shutdowns, and the pandemic continues to affect our lives, our livelihoods, and this project. When we started planning this together with Portland Parks & Rec, we all expected to be in Phase 2 when we started doing the lunchtime gigs for families arriving to pick up food…
2020 Performance Venue PARTNERSHIP PROJECT
Help a Musician – Give a Kid a Smile
The shutdown of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has affected musicians and venues particularly hard. As we re-open the economy we can see independent music venues struggling; some are trying to balance physical spacing and capacity limits and some are no longer offering live music, while others will stay closed. This has resulted in a shortage of performance opportunities for local talent, especially those musicians who have had their livelihood dry up, and also for music lovers who may not be ready to return to indoor spaces.
The Cascade Blues Association has teamed up with Portland Parks & Recreation Division to address this shortage by offering paid performance opportunities to participating local blues musicians who are current CBA members. Gigs will be assigned by random lottery and availability. This project will provide income for musicians as well as increasing awareness of the CBA to the public.
Portland Parks & Recreation Division has diverted 100% of their Summer Free For All funding to The Free Lunch + Play program that supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess, supporting the thousands of children who qualify for subsidized lunches during the school year. With this partnership, the CBA will be supporting its mission to preserve and promote blues and roots music by providing free entertainment at pick-up sites and other public locations while offering a little financial relief to participating local musicians.