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Musicians play for 48 hours to help artists in need

Posted at 1:04 PM, Mar 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-28 13:04:22-04

CLEVELAND — For nearly a year, music venues around the country have been closed or audiences have been limited due to the pandemic. As a result, many artists have turned to virtual shows to share their talents.

At that same time, Cleveland’s 48 Hour Virtual Music has been supporting artists in need, as well as nonprofit organizations, with their monthly performances.

“A few days after the shutdowns happened, I organized a nonstop live stream marathon of artists getting together, performing live, on a Facebook event page, so that our artists and audiences can stay connected,” said artistic director, Meganne Stepka.

Those performances have been going on every month since March 2020. The virtual festival has featured musical performances, live painters, dancers, and other artists.

“80% of the performers are from Northeast Ohio,” said Stepka. Now, performers from around the world have joined those regional artists to showcase their artistic abilities.

As concerts have gone on over the past year, Stepka said that in addition to donations for artists who are performing, they have collected $20,000 to benefit other organizations in need.

You can listen to the performances and donate through Sunday, March 28 at 11:45 pm.