From mass cancellations, to restricted access to resources and the inability to make a living from live events, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the underground music scene.
To help support some of music communities struggling to make ends meet, Boiler Room is working with long-standing partner Ballentine's.
Ballantine's has committed a six-figure fund in the form of 20 £5000 grants. These grants are to be distributed to 20 community-driven collectives who will be participating in Boiler Room’s new ‘Streaming From Isolation’ series. These grants will be given to each collective to distribute as they feel best to support those most in need within their immediate community.
Weekly takeovers on Boiler Room’s channels will feature performances and sets programmed by these collectives from self-isolation, broadcast to the world from artists’ homes and private spaces.
The first collective will be announced and streamed Wednesday 2 April. Following that, a new collective will be announced each week on both on Ballantine’s and Boiler Room’s channels, with the stream live on boilerroom.tv.
There will also be the option for viewers to donate to The Global Foodbanking Network, whose work supports the hardest hit by the pandemic.