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Social Distancing created a virtual nightclub streaming

Social Distancing created a virtual nightclub streaming

  • Erykah Badu made $10,000 for her band, charging roughly 10,000 fans only $1 to watch a live show from her house in Dallas.
  • A-Trak raised $180,000 for the Association of Electronic Music with virtual shows.
  • Diplo joined a bevy of other major acts for Stream Aid, Twitch’s play on Live Aid, to raise money to fight COVID-19.
 
While the news for the music industry—which has become increasingly reliant on revenues from live performances—has mostly been grim, these small successes point to a new sort of economy; one where fans can pay artists small amounts directly for access to their music.
 
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And the new virtual music economy isn’t just concerts. Virtual nightclubs where guests dress up and interact with each other, just like at a real club, are popping up too. And some of them come with a cover.
 
  • Club Quarantee attempts to create the bottle-service vibe with models and tables. It’s $10 for entry and $80 for a “private room.”

  • Not to be confused with Club Quarantine AKA Club Q, an LGTBQ club attempting to “Queer Zoom.” This one works on a donation basis.

  • Zone is a 16 “room” virtual club that allows users to experience different scenes and forms of music.

  • Club Matryoshka is a Minecraft club that uses a subscription model.

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