As people wait the required 15 minutes after a vaccination to monitor any rare, adverse response, anxiety can run high, Zamora said. That’s where Sing for Hope comes in, aan “use music’s power as a healing art in the truest sense on a vast scale.”
The performances run the gamut: from jazz to classical to Broadway hits and gospel.
“People are dancing, they’re toe-tapping, they’re wiping away tears,” Yunus said. “Every possible reaction you can have in a theater, that’s the reaction you’re getting there.”
Damage to the arts industry remains
It may have seemed like a pipe dream just months ago, but swaths of New Yorkers are now getting jabbed with vaccines that health experts say will eventually help the country return to post-Covid-19 normal.
It’s no secret that the coronavirus has exposed healthcare inequity
, food insecurity
en die growing divide between the white collar
” and everyone else
The arts have also been devastated.
Financial losses nationwide to nonprofit arts and culture organizations have reached $ 16 billion due to shuttered concert halls, plays and other live performances, according to nonprofit Americans for the Arts.
By the summer of
2020, 63% of artists or creatives experienced unemployment
, Americans for the Arts spokesperson Inga Vitols told CNN
. The national unemployment rate
, intussen, hit a peak
van 14.8% in April.
By the end of July last year
, analysts at Brookings estimated losses of more than
$ 150 billion in sales for creative industries nationwide due to the pandemic
“Let’s talk about the fact that the arts are an economic driver. They’re not just a nice-to-have, they’re a need-to-have,” Zamora said. “We need to be talking about this in the highest channels of power. Because try to rebuild the cities without the arts — it won’t work.”
Part of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to “beter terug te bou” is indeed revitalizing the arts through “NY PopsUp” performances, free to all New Yorkers. Sing for Hope is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, along with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Artists hope for a better “new normal”
But for Zamora and Yunus, a post-Covid-19 “new normal” should be a step forward in fixing underlying issues in the arts community rather than reverting to the status quo.
“We as citizens need to own this. As niks anders nie, I think this moment has allowed us to take a look around and say, ‘this is what’s important to me,'” Yunus said. “[Artists] were not able to collect unemployment until after a very long process that was very confusing and very difficult.”
“I think we need to look more progressively ahead and not necessarily [do] funding through the normal channels,” said Philip Payton, a violist who has been performing at the Javits Center several times a week.
For Payton, the performances have provided a much needed break.
“It’s really the only consistent gig in New York right now,” Payton said.
Though performers may ordinarily recoil at the thought of playing another universal crowd-pleaser like “Pachelbel’s Canon,” Payton said the audience response is what makes the performances worth it.
“We get these incredible reactions — it’s really a privilege,” hy het gesê.