ANNUAL APPEAL: MUSIC AT BASILICA
In December of 2020, congress passed a COVID relief bill that includes the #SaveOurStages Act, which provides funding opportunities for venues facing economic hardships as a result of the pandemic. In 2020 we joined thousands of other performing arts centers across the country in lighting up our building for a “Red Alert” nationwide call to action (pictured below). This government support is a crucial step, but not a final solution, to saving performing arts organizations in 2021.
Live music is central to Basilica Hudson. From our large scale festivals 24-HOUR DRONE and Basilica SoundScape, to symphony concerts, to one-off performances and late night DJ sets, Basilica welcomes revolutionary voices from across the globe and musical spectrum. Though we were not able to host audiences on site this year, we were so grateful to bring music through our shared screen with the 24-HOUR DRONE AT HOME weekend, Elvis Perkins’ Creation Myths album release livestream, and a revelatory conversation with musician and visionary Moor Mother.
We’re strategizing new ways to celebrate the power of music, a founding element of Basilica’s programming, to continue in our next season. With your support, sounds will always echo through our factory halls.
Thank you for sharing our love of music, and our devotion to the arts. This year was far too quiet at Basilica, but as soon as possible, we will be loud once again. Please consider supporting our work with a tax deductible donation to our annual appeal.
“An ocean will never separate us, it will always connect us. Music is free and travels without being hindered by borders, differences or distances.”
– NEVER TEMPLE (Toronto, CA + Amsterdam, NL) and 24-HOUR DRONE AT HOME 2020 performer
“SoundScape, for me, feels honest, useful, communal, and real. It’s more a show than a festival. It’s more a family gathering than a show…Each time it feels new. And I feel so lucky to have met such a perfect collaborator (and friend) in Melissa, and to have been able to start this with her.”
– Brandon Stosuy of The Creative Independent and Basilica SoundScape Co-Curator.