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On January 1st, 2021 PORTL hosts HOME AID, a 72-hour live stream event to benefit musicians impacted by the shutdown of the live music industry. The on-line event features acclaimed folk, rock and electronic musicians from around the globe. The free three-day benefit event premieres at 10am PST on Friday, January 1st at http://homeaid.global and runs through the morning of January 4th.
HOME AID represents the culmination of the best live from home performances from a variety of festivals, and conferences hosted on PORTL in 2020, as well as new live performances by select artists. The goal of HOME AID is to raise awareness of the devastating impact of the shutdown on creative artists, with all event proceeds going to benefit impacted musicians. The event also hopes to uplift the audience with songs of hope from visionary artists in a time when live music has been nearly silenced.
Pain can be found in nearly every nook of the economy. Millions of people have lost their jobs and tens of thousands of businesses have closed since the coronavirus pandemic spread across the United States. But even in these extraordinary times, the losses in the performing arts and related sectors have been staggering.”
The New York Times – December 26, 2020