Due to the NYS ‘Stay at Home’ requirements most businesses have had to cease operations and that has included businesses associated with music and the arts. As a result all local musicians and artists have had limited opportunity to participate in performances where they were paid or compensated causing an economic crisis for those individuals during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are a number of musicians and artists who do not have the funds to pay their rent, buy their food/meals or provide for their basic needs.
The Siegel Family Music and Arts Endowment Fund has created MISSION ONE GIG AT A TIME to support local musicians, artists and venues by providing funds to compensate them for their live stream performances and commissioned works. This not only allows the musicians and artists that are performing a chance to share their gift but also it provides the masses of people who are confined to their homes to have an avenue to be entertained and enjoy the performances of these musicians. Through Mission: One Gig At A Time, The Siegel Fund will be sponsoring 2-6 live stream performances per week through September 1st, 2020.
The funds raised from this year's HVGives Day of Giving will support the MISSION ONE GIG AT A TIME initiative providing support for local musicians and artists during the Covid 19 pandemic.