“Save Maine Stages” Film Features A Who’s Who of Portland’s Music Scene
We all know that there are no concerts right now. And that sucks. But for the Portland music industry, it's devastating. Back in March when venues closed, it seemed like it was only a weekend of lost revenue….but that has turned into an entire year and more of lost income. While COVID cases rise and restrictions remain in place, our venues have no safe way in which to re-open. Over 1,000 concert events have been lost along with 90% of their revenue. The venue closures affect musicians, agents, promoters, managers, thousands of employees, and fans in ways that are profound and direct…..though at the center of it all our independent venues have been affected in ways that are almost incalculable.
The Maine Music Alliance is a nonprofit that has been formed to help Save Maine Stages. Local musicians came together recently to create this fundraising performance film for you. It's a who's-who of Portland musicians and artists:
Lady Lamb - Adam Gardner - Samuel James - Dominic Lavoie- Amy Allen- Dave Gutter- Ballroom Thieves- Mallett Brothers Band-Spose -Zach Jones -Brzowski Oshima Brothers- Weakened Friends- Bell Systems - Ghost of Paul Revere - Kenya Hall & Kafari
The goal of the Maine Music Alliance is to keep our venues sustainable, our musicians creating, and our communities connected. Our hope is for people to better appreciate the essential role our venues play in helping define the culture as it exists in Portland today, and to better understand the severity of the current crisis they face. We think you'll love this film and we hope you can donate to help Save Maine Stages!