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Live from the Mermaid's Tavern Part III: Going Live on Facebook

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There is such demand for this post that I am taking the unusual step of publishing it while it's still in development. I expect to finish this section by the end of the day Saturday, March 14.
INTRODUCTIONThis is Part III of a three-part series. Part I covers real-world example scenarios of why you'd set up a livestream, the roles you will be working with, and considerations for how to get the artist paid without tax headaches. Part II covers the logistics of scheduling and announcing a livestream on Facebook, and the detailed considerations that make it appear seamless to your audience.This post, Part III covers the studio tech you will need to broadcast the livestream. Please don't start here. You'll miss what it's all about. See Part I for what it is all about: an excellent experience for audience and artist, for which the audience happily pays the artist.If you think that livestreaming is all about hardware and software gear, this is the post for you. However, …

Live from the Mermaid's Tavern Part II: Set Up, Schedule, and Announce a Livestream

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INTRODUCTIONThis is Part II of a three-part series. Part I covers real-world example scenarios of why you'd set up a livestream, the roles you will be working with, and considerations for how to get the artist paid without tax headaches. This Part II covers the logistics of scheduling and announcing a livestream on Facebook, and the detailed considerations that make it appear seamless to your audience.Part III covers the studio tech you will need to broadcast the livestream. Please don't start here. You'll miss what it's all about. Spoiler: it's all about an excellent experience for audience and artist, for which the audience happily pays the artist.So, you were planning on hosting, or playing, a live houseconcert and it just got cancelled because #COVID-19. Part I of this series gives some real-time examples of this happening and talks about how to find or become a
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Live From the Mermaid's Tavern Part I: Digital Houseconcerts in the Age of #COVID-19

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INTRODUCTIONThis is Part I of a three-part series. It covers real-world example scenarios of why you'd set up a livestream, the roles you will be working with, and considerations for how to get the artist paid without tax headaches. Part II covers the logistics of scheduling and announcing a livestream on Facebook, and the detailed considerations that make it appear seamless to your audience.Part III covers the studio tech you will need to broadcast the livestream. Please don't start here. You'll miss what it's all about. Spoiler: it's all about an excellent experience for audience and artist, for which the audience happily pays the artist. NOT THE TECH, BUT THE EXPERIENCEDigital houseconcerts are not about the tech. Most people start with "what gear do I need?" The short answer is a newish laptop or desktop with a webcam, an external microphone if you have one, a couple of extra lights if you have them, and some easily downloadable free software that ta…