Forging Connections in 2020
COVID-19 brought unexpected challenges to our regular programs and the artists we serve. The House of Songs was locked down, but not shut down. We've brought support and creative opportunity to our home regions during this difficult year.
2020 started off with a bang. The House of Songs Songwriter Summit in January brought artists from all over the world to Northwest Arkansas to create new music together, and perform that music at the Folk Alliance International Festival in New Orleans, as well as the AmericanaFest UK in London. We had big plans for the rest of the year. When the pandemic hit, we had to adapt. We pivoted to doing Virtual Player2Player co-write sessions. As things moved towards a more digitized experience, we assessed and provided 75 Northwest Arkansas artists with a basic AudioVideo Toolbox to be able to keep creating and sharing their art with the world, thanks to the grant that we received from CACHE. With a rising tide of inspired Northwest Arkansas artists ready to face new challenges, THOS plans to continue this forward momentum going into the new year, with some new ideas and programs. So stay tuned, and follow us on this journey.
With the help of the Bridge Fund Grant provided by CACHE, The House of Songs assessed and geared up 75 artists in Northwest Arkansas, inspiring artists to face new challenges.
In May, The Associated Press reported on recent #Player2Player sessions. AP dropped in on Nashville artists Megan Palmer and Anna Henderson writing about their experiences as frontline medical workers. Click here for the report.
Click here to read about Arkansas-based Sarah Loehten connecting across the Atlantic with Meadows in Sweden. Each of these stories reached over one billion people around the world, picked up by 15k news outlets, including USA Today, Yahoo, and The Washington Post.
Yale Law School Professor Gerald Torres (left) with Egyptian artist Ramy Essam)
gift of inspiration.
Note for note, The House of Songs gives artists a bigger voice around the world.
From our non-profit base in Bentonville (Arkansas) with locations in Austin (Texas) and New York, we use the language of music to link communities around the world.
Your support allows us to service artists around the world, and foster creativity in our home regions. We understand this has been a difficult year for so many, but if you can support our mission, please do.