After a successful run of the first livestream concert in May 2020, the second instalment was created to provide more opportunities to graduating Australian Music Theatre students of 2020 to perform, while celebrating Aussie material.
COVID-19 has affected the Australian Arts extensively, including many arts students who were not able to carry out their final year performances at their respective institutions. Similarly, Home Grown Aus has had to dim the lights on an entire year’s worth of events due to the global pandemic.
Co-founder of Home Grown Ben Nicholson says, “as a not-for-profit business, Home Grown has dedicated itself to being the bridge between the writers’ world and the world at large, and our ticket sales make up a large part of funds that make Home Grown’s artistic endeavours possible.”
All donations received from this LIVESTREAM concert will go towards Home Grown Aus to support the company in continuing development and support of Australian musical theatre, during and beyond COVID-19. While the company waits out the covid storm, they are taking advantage of the silver linings of the situation and using modern technology to “link performers from locations [they] have never been able to before”, Nicholson says.
Co-founders Nick Hedger and Ben Nicholson expressed their anticipation for upcoming online initiatives, and “are excited about the future and for the day not too far away, when it’s completely safe to do so, where we’ll be waiting for you at the theatre!”
Here’s the set list for the event:
When: Saturday 15th August 2020
Time: 7.30pm AEST (5.30pm AWST)
Donation details: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hgxfutureoz
Home Grown Aus Website: homegrownaus.com
Songs for a Future Oz Facebook Page: facebook.com/songsforafutureoz