My parents did their best to play for our neighbors. Even though we all sat socially distanced on the lawn, we took comfort in the joy and beauty of hearing wonderful musicians play and speak about their music.

 What live music can offer that Spotify will never beat is the setting in which one can be completely absorbed in music.

  My community has always valued live music because of how it affects those who listen to it. I would always leave feeling happy and satisfied with what I just heard. Live music is what brings my town together.

In some of the hardest fourteen months in decades, free live music means that, even just for a moment, we are given a space to feel, to connect with others, and to breathe.

 There is no technology advanced enough to replace live music and the exchange of humanity present at each performance.

Free, live music is love in an artistic form flowing through the strings and pipes of instruments and out into the audience.

 They were events at which financially-struggling children who had no opportunities to listen to classical music could be inspired and come to adore the complex rhythms and polyphonies.

  From concert halls, to parks, to schools, free, live music transcends social and economic barriers, and in that way unites communities.

Without monetary barriers, more people have incentive to engage: the free concerts during the pandemic have allowed us to reconnect with many old colleagues and relatives.

Watching performances virtually was very convenient, but it was a flimsy band-aid on the pain of not seeing live music.


I feel that there has been a shift in mentality, that the general public has a certain expectations when it comes to free access to music, and this comes at the expense of musicians.

The significant appeal of live music is that it, like us, lives in the present.

 Music is something that connects people of all kinds of educational, social and racial backgrounds.

In a time when our communities are feeling more disconnected than ever, live music has the ability to bring us together.



It is in times of the greatest need that communities are strengthened by free, live music and that as a consequence, musicians need to be adequately supported … to play this vital bonding role.


Free, live music means expression, freedom, accessibility and community. Coming together to experience free art is a special gift.

Free, live music means expression, freedom, accessibility and community. Coming together to experience free art is a special gift.




It struck me that in defining the arts as “nonessential” and canceling all performances, we lost the one thing that is able to unite us all.


Most live music events alienate a large part of the country that does not have the financial stability or access to enjoy them. This has made live music a luxury, thus a classist issue and a problem.


No one should get to pick and choose who gets to experience the liberation that comes from art. Now, more than ever, we need unity and modes of self expression. Free, live music gives us exactly that.

It makes me happy to think that music could impact the lives of all kinds of people, not just the privileged or the prodigies.


Music calls us to seek refinement in our existence; it deepens our vision of life by making us experience how powerful beauty can be.




 Even while the COVID-19 pandemic forces a society to separate, music still proves a powerful force in safely bringing us together.


Free, live music has allowed us to come together in the most difficult and unlikely time to share human connection and give support on interpersonal, local and even national levels.



After a year of little socialization, any excuse to attend a free, live concert is extremely appealing. It is healing for communities that are hurting, and beneficial for the health of all.




Music has always helped bring our communities together and for this reason, it is my first priority as a musician to bring free, live music back to my community once more.




Live music calls together your tribe in a commonality that was once just shared between your ears. We were designed to share triumphs and elation as we bump and jump in synchronicity.



I certainly realize now the impact music has in our day-to-day lives. I truly understand the old blues song lyrics ‘You never miss the water till the well runs dry.’


Free live music was a major underlying factor in the relations between neighbors, acquaintances, friends, family, and the community as a whole.



My community sees free, live music as a beacon that brings people together.


Currently, there exists a cultural, racial and socioeconomic divide between those who attend concerts and those who do not.



While covid-19 has brought devastating occurrences upon society, free access to live music can help mend emotional wounds still left open.


Free live music brings people from all walks of life together to visit, laugh and listen. Music has a healing property that can mend the souls of the masses and helps us all get through these hard times together.

Free live music is a communal right but it’s more than just that. A live, in-person performance puts the colors back into a community’s life, shows a community how important music is, and creates solidarity between musicians and community members.

 Free, live music gives people of all backgroundsthe opportunity to hear music they might not normally have the chance to listen to. It eliminates the common obstacle of money and allows a gentle welcoming into the music. Humans seek art that connects them to their own emotions. Music connects, heals and empowers people to be their greatest selves. 

The admission-free, live music audience is always made up of a wide variety of ages. Older people sing along to familiar tunes; families with small children enjoy the opportunity to spend special time together. Some are there who might not otherwise afford live music.


The fine arts are powerful economic and cultural revitalizers, and they deserve investment to repair the monetary fabric of the world and help our civilization cope with the damage done by tragedy.

 Whether through music therapy at the hospital or a concert beneath the windows of a nursing home, the thrill felt from the first notes to the final crescendo is undeniable and irreplaceable. 

While I didn’t get to perform in front of a live audience or have in-person lessons, I’m excited to have live instruction and orchestra concerts again next year.


During this time without live music…I lost the sense that I could communicate the “unknowable” with others.

 Now is a time when people need music the most. Making it available to so many people, free of charge, is definitely a beautiful thing. 


Most free concerts are held in public, outdoor venues. The sense of community is highly beneficial for businesses and tourism, not only because it gathers crowds but because it fosters a sense of pride in one’s surroundings.

Music is not just about the ability to perfect techniques, but about the communication of stories between musician, composer, conductor, and listener. Music allows one to feel, not only as an individual, but with everyone else in the room.


Music is ‘farm-to-table’ grown in Denton: crafted locally, curated locally, and consumed locally.

I would not be who I am today without opportunities to hear and play live music.

My parents are the main reason I have achieved any success: they pushed me to practice, join a youth orchestra, and follow my dreams at my top choice college.

  Free, live music is accessible to everyone and strengthens love and happiness.


In rural communities, often flyover country for major cultural institutions, free, live music is especially vulnerable.

I believe there are multitudes of young people today who are ready to re-invent music again.

 What musicians produce with their time and talent is of paramount importance to the world.

In my city, active professional bands range from Celtic ensembles to Bluegrass and orchestral groups. These groups help expose listeners to instruments and sounds they would likely never hear unless they traveled the world. Music has the power to bring a small piece of a culture right to the listener.

Reopening the country after the pandemic is exciting, but would be even more ai if we could use free, live music to celebrate, and if many more people would be able to be inspired by it.

 Imagine the amount of people who could be inspired if live performance was accessible to everyone. This is why our society should feature more free, live music – more people deserve to witness such a special experience.


The return of admission-free, live music will be a breath of fresh air across the globe, spreading joy throughout all walks and manners of life.

Livestreams can’t recreate the energy of an in-person performance, but they still provide a spontaneous experience impossible to capture in a recording.

We rehearsed in parking lots, unsure of an audience. To our surprise, people showed up in droves, sitting on the lawn, up on hillsides, so happy to be out and experiencing the arts again, a strong feeling of “we’re all in this together” in the air.

The community responded by making donations to the orchestra which allowed my parents to continue to be paid. The community literally saved us from losing our home and allowed us to continue to be OK throughout the pandemic.


If one good thing is to come from this pandemic, let it be appreciation for artists.



My chamber music concerts were, in a way, love letters to my community. There is a togetherness in free live music, one that it is difficult to imitate in other settings.


During the summer, the sounds of music filled my street with monthly concerts performed by neighbors. Music is vibration created by the human experience. Music should always be a part of the community as it transcends race, age, gender, even language.

During the summer, the sounds of music filled my street with monthly concerts performed by neighbors. Music is vibration created by the human experience. Music should always be a part of the community as it transcends race, age, gender, even language.

Without the isolation and boredom imposed by lockdowns, I do not think we would have taken advantage of such opportunities and had conversations about how music moves the soul.


As I painted on the side of the building, the sounds of DJing, rapping, and laughter echoed out the doors – a glimmer of hope and happiness during difficult times. I will never forget the magic music holds and how close it brings us together.


Live music means … togetherness. Live music is a powerful, uniting force in our society.


Experiencing free, live music as a community strengthens the emotional and spiritual bonds we have with one another. We need music to uplift our spirits and unify our communities after a pandemic that exacerbated isolation and separation.

A musical community is not bound by borders of land but by a shared joy, the greatest of which is undoubtedly that of live music.


Free, live music… brought us together in a way that other events just can’t match. We even visited with neighbors that we never really talked to before. It was a shared moment with an intensity and sense of belonging that recorded music can’t match.


With the decrease in attendance to live events and an increase in virtual views, the connections with other people were stunted. By watching online, the viewer can not feel the inflection of the crowd’s feelings and has a loss of human interactions.