Livestreaming, Reopening and More
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The national dialogue about when to reopen has many of us thinking ahead and contemplating what the coming months and years in the performing arts might look like, based on what we know now. Livestreaming will not go away once we reopen, and it is a part of our new reality. Below are resources to help you navigate the complexities of livestreaming from licensing and permission requirements to what platforms to use.
And, while assessments on when to reopen performance venues and reschedule live events vary greatly by geographic location, physical space, event size and attendee population, we can all agree that safety comes first. APAP has compiled resources that can provide guidance how small events and venues can reopen as safely as possible under these incredibly challenging circumstances.
Additionally, presenting, booking and touring in the COVID-19 era presents new challenges and raises new questions. The resources provide guidance on how to approach the work of the performing arts.
In the shadow of the pandemic and the limitations it has put on the live arts, APAP recently conducted a survey to gain a greater understanding of how those in the performing arts are using livestreaming to present the arts, create art and connect with our communities, as well as to determine how best we can provide training and resources to support professionals in their livestreaming efforts. View results here.
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- Facebook Live Video
Go live on Facebook to broadcast a conversation, performance, Q&A, or virtual event. You can go live on a Page, in a group or an event, and your live videos will also appear in people’s News Feed.
- YouTube Live Streaming
Live streaming lets you engage with your audience in real-time with a video feed, chat, and more.
- Vimeo Livestream
Deliver unforgettable virtual events and conferences. Securely engage your workforce remotely. Monetize your global audience.
- Instagram TV (IGTV)
IGTV, allows creators to upload high quality, long-form, vertical videos between 15 seconds and 10 minutes long. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel.
- OBS: Open Broadcaster Software
Free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming.
- Culturehub: Livelabs / Streamlabs
LiveLab is a new tool that empowers artists and arts presenters to meet, create, collaborate, rehearse, and ultimately produce multi-location performances from virtually anywhere in the world.
- Bright Cove
Quickly and easily live stream events with an intuitive interface, unmatched quality, and industry-leading support before, during, and after your event.
- AWS Elemental MediaLive
AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices.
- Dacast: Password Protected Live Streaming: Private Events
Dacast allows you to password protect both live video content and on-demand content.
StreamYard is a live streaming studio in your browser. Interview guests, share your screen, and much more. Stream directly to Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other platforms.
- Source Connect Now
Free high-quality, bi-directional streaming in your Chrome web browser.
- On the Stage- Play it Forward
Play It Forward is a new and completely free program to help theatre-makers create and collaboratively live stream online productions with easy-to-use tools and resources.
- Twitch: Creator’s Camp
This is where to learn everything there is to know about streaming on Twitch. From the basics to advanced tips and tricks, you'll hear from Twitch and successful Partners on every step of your journey.
Earn money by hosting live, ticketed events online. Get to know your audience personally and create memories together.
- Jam Kazam
JamKazam is an innovative live music platform and social network, enabling musicians to play music together in real-time from different locations over the internet as if they are sitting in the same room.
- Zencastr for the podcast
Record your remote interviews in studio quality; Simply send a link and receive a separate track per guest.
- Pure Data by Miller Puckette
Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically without writing lines of code.
Live audio in high definition with anyone in the world. You won’t need to sign up for a Cleanfeed account or pay money to join a Cleanfeed session.
Restream allows you to stream live to 30+ social platforms at once.
Interactive Live conversations at scale. Grow your audience with live video Q&As, interviews, summits, webinars and more.
Platform launched by APAP member Craig Hankenson that helps performing artists, agents, and presenters restore cash flow through live access sales for online performances.
MyLIVE is the new digital streaming distribution service brought to you by APAP member IMG Artists.
- NEW! Audience Outlook Monitor snapshot report for March 2021 by AMS
- NEW! PACC Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues First Edition (June 10, 2020).
- NEW! COVID Re-Opening Guidelines by Misty Stevens and David Allen, Seattle Theatre Group
- NEW! Arts and Culture Comeback Planning: January 2021, by Jim DeGood, Vice President of North America, TRG Arts
- NEW! Museums Are Safer Than Any Other Indoor Activity, COVID-19 Study Says by Hakim Bishara, Hyperalleric, February 24, 2021
- NEW! Roadmap for Recovery anad Resilience for Theater, a collaboration between the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- NEW! Interactive Map of Coronavirus Restrictions and Mask Mandates for All 50 States by the New York Times
- NEW! Reopening Guidance for Live Music Venues by Arts Cleveland
- Audience Outlook Monitor snapshot report for January 2021 by AMS
- Outdoor Performance Handbook by OpenCultureWORKS. You can also visit their website here.
- COVID-19 Sector Benchmark: Insight Report 1: May 2020 by TRG Arts. Contribute to data collection and gain understanding of where your organization stands relative to your peers by joining the COVID-19 sector benchmark.
- COVID-19 Return to Work Agreement with DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA AND TEAMSTERS/BASIC CRAFTS released in September 2020. Please note that this is more about the television and film industry than the live events industry.
- “The Safe Way Forward,” a joint report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines released in June 2020. Please note that this is more about the television and film industry than the live events industry.
- The Patrons' Perspective: An Overview of Buying Behavior and a Timeline to Return to Theaters by AudienceView
- Inclusive Event Planning after COVID-19 published by Function Central in the UK
- German Scientists Conduct Coronavirus Concert Experiment, Find Risk of Spread to Be "Low to Very Low" from Pollstar
- Comprehensive Reopening Site Safety Plan from HERE
- Reopen Every Venue Safely (REVS) from Music Cities Together includes the Austin Best Practices Guide
- Culture Track's CULTURE + COMMUNITY IN A TIME OF CRISIS report
- Georgia Tech's interactive COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.
- Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
- Returning to Work Safely: Guidelines from Small Venues, Studios and Rehearsal Spaces from American Federation of Musicians
- 2020-21 Season Planning Guide for Community Choruses
- Performing Arts Center Consortium's Guide to Reopening Theatrical Venues
- SMU DataArts / TRG Arts report: How arts and cultural organizations can consider adapting
- Survey Shows Audiences' Reluctance to Return to the Theatre from American Theatre
- Reopening the Performing Arts: Event Safety in the COVID-19 Era Webinar from the Alliance of Performing Arts Conferences