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COUNTDOWN TO NYE
SONGS FOR OUR CITY
Livestreamed Concert Series
Curated & hosted by Ben Cameron
We have postponed the start of the Songs for Our City concerts, which were scheduled to begin today, June 2nd. We and the Songs for Our City participants agree that it would be wrong to pull focus from the important national conversation happening right now about racism and police brutality, and we stand with our colleagues, friends, and community in affirming that black lives matter and mourning the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and all the others through the centuries who have been persecuted for their race.
Our original intention remains: to respond to the present moment and to work towards restoration and rebuilding. We believe there will be a more appropriate time to share the works of these songwriters, and we will use this time, and the time going forward, to examine how we as a program can improve our own efforts to share the voices of black artists and other artists of color going forward. While we work at better aligning our program to the fight against systemic racism, we urge you to contribute to the movement at blacklivesmatters.carrd.co, marshap.org, and alp.org.
Join us in celebrating the creativity and resilience of our community with a songwriting challenge featuring new original songs written in response to the present moment. The participating songwriters are all past performers in our Broadway Buskers concert series, which showcases Broadway actors and composers who are also singer-songwriters in the Times Square pedestrian plazas.
As part of Time Out’s Love Local Campaign, these virtual concerts are free to view and we encourage audience members to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, which provides resources and emergency financial assistance to those within the entertainment community who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Each participant will write and perform a new song about how they're feeling right now, community, the Theater District, or their memories on Broadway.
The competition will take place over seven concerts. In each of the first six concerts, viewers can vote to send their favorite participant to the finale. Voting will take place directly following the performances each night, using a link that will be shared in the stream. During the finale, a panel of judges will determine the winner, while the audience will also be able to vote for their favorite participant among the six finalists to receive the Audience Choice Award.
John Arthur Greene
F Michael Haynie
Marcus Paul James
Molly and the Memphis Thunder
Alexander Sage Oyen
Starbird & the Phoenix
Will Van Dyke & Jeff Talbott
About Ben Cameron Ben Cameron is your Broadway Buddy, bringing the Broadway community directly to you like a neighbor bringing over a tray of brownies (Broadway brownies, yum). Ben has appeared on Broadway in Wicked (OBC), Aida, and Footloose (OBC). Ben is the MainStage host of BroadwayCon and creator and host of the long-running NYC staple Broadway Sessions, now in its 12th season, which was the proud recipient of the 2019 Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series Award at the MAC Awards. Ben counts down his top 10 picks in any number of Broadway-related themes every Wednesday on BroadwayWorld.com at 3pm EST. Will your list match up with Ben’s? Join the conversation LIVE!
Host of the Reward The Fan Broadway Trivia Series, he is also the creator and host of the worldwide hit podcast talk show “The Broadway Cast” and the web series “Dance Captain Dance Attack” on BroadwayWorld.com. Ben hosts countless events within the Broadway community for organizations like Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, NYMF, and Rockers on Broadway, and is a frequent face on PBS WNET. Your Broadway Buddy continues to present Broadway’s best to a wide variety of audiences.
About Time Out Group Time Out Group is a global media and leisure business that helps people explore and experience the best of the city through its two divisions - Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Time Out launched in London in 1968 with a magazine to help people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the city. Today, the Group’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, mobile, magazines, live events and Time Out Market. Across these platforms Time Out distributes its curated content - written by professional journalists - around the best food, drink, culture, entertainment and travel across 328 cities in 58 countries. Time Out Group, listed on AIM, is headquartered in the United Kingdom.