Meanwhile, Forbes and CNN reported that morale is low among medical workers and patients affected by COVID-19. And since most artists and live performers are not working due to cancellations and postponements of their events, we thought maybe they could play their part to help by entertaining and boosting the morale of medical workers and patients who are battling this coronavirus every day.
Therefore, the idea of live streaming virtual concerts to hospitals and medical centers was born. Every artistically talented individual from across the world can volunteer by live-streaming themselves remotely from their homes to perform to a live virtual audience in these medical centers.
What it does
We're currently running virtual concerts via live streaming for hospitals and medical centers to motivate and boost morale among medical workers and patients while they battle this coronavirus. We are streaming every week on YouTube.
During the performances by our online artists, people in the hospitals can make song requests, dedications and live chat.
Beyond COVID-19, we aim to extend this online platform to allow artists and performers (semi-pros to pros) to be booked anywhere in the world to perform via live streaming. This would allow artists who are in lockdowns to perform virtually in countries without confinements, thus sustaining their income.
After COVID-19, we're launching an "Airbnb-like platform to book artists via live streaming." Imagine getting Richard Marx, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran to perform at your birthday party via live streaming.
Watch our upcoming virtual concert - Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12pm UTC
Watch our virtual artist Adam Pickard performing for Sarawak General Hospital on YouTube. You can make song requests here.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Language barrier in different countries.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Within the first week since we started (Apr 1), with one full-timer and one weekend coder, we recruited 30 artists (from US, UK, France, Malaysia), launched our first virtual concert with a hospital in Malaysia and published our website and virtual concert web app.
What we learned
People are willing to help whenever they can.
What's next for LiveKrowd after this COVID-19 pandemic
Once this COVID-19 pandemic is over, we'll be extending our platform to offer virtual concerts globally where restaurants, bars, clubs, weddings and events can book artists and performers on our platform to perform in their premises via live streaming. This provides better income opportunities for artists globally without being confined geographically. During the performances by our online artists, people can make song requests, dedications and live chat.
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