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Musicians find a new a source of income live streaming performances

Posted at 10:45 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 23:57:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Since the Coronavirus closed down many businesses on Lower Broadway a lot of people were left jobless, many being the singers and song writers.

Jeremy Byrd, a musician wanted to help out the people he knows best. Byrd owns a J Byrd Production. It offers live video production for broadcasting purposes.

Before COVID-19, Byrd was in the works of setting up cameras at Rebar in Nashville to stream live music performances.

The Rebar like many other bars is closed, but Byrd said he didn't want all the equipment to go to waste.

He transformed a section of his home into a recording studio, allowing artists to come in and perform for free.

"They got really excited that they got to keep doing what they love and keep playing music and staying in front of their fans, and still make a living now, in a different way," said Byrd.

The artist go live and audience downloads an app called mySet. Through the app the audience can bid on songs, make request and tip the artists.

"They’re able to earn money now, earn an income; some of them are making more money doing this digitally than when they were standing on a stage in person," said Byrd.

Byrd says he so far helped about 10 musicians earn money this way. He is thinking about making the live-stream performances more permanent