Big names from Scottish rock and pop are joining together for an epic, ten-hour music stream to raise funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and Glasgow based PPE charity ViseUp. Stream4Scotland will take place on Saturday 30th May between 3pm and 1am and will include performances, Q&As and chats from over 40 Scottish musicians and DJs. Stars lined up for the stream include Wet Wet Wet, Clare Grogan, Honeyblood, The Fratellis and Dougie MacLean.
From 3 – 6pm, the stream will be led by music platform Tenement TV, who will host the likes of Be Charlotte and The Van T’s. Then, from 6 – 9pm, Garry Spence will take over for the Main Event, featuring Q&As and chats with stars including Twin Atlantic, Kyle Falconer and The Snuts. Sub Club and SWG3 take over from 9pm – 1am, kicking off with house music DJ Graeme Park. Viewers can tune into the livestream at www.stream4scotland.co.uk or via the Gigs in Scotland Facebook page.
Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK. Because of the lockdown, the charity has had to temporarily stop all face-to-face music therapy sessions and instead find other ways to continue their work, such as online music therapy delivery, virtual online choirs and digital resources for people to make music together in their home. Despite this, the charity faces serious challenges. It has been estimated that the cancellation or postponement of fundraising events and activities will mean a loss of around 75% in fundraising income for 2020.
“Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy has long benefitted from the support of the Scottish music industry through the annual Scottish Music Awards,” said Sandra Schembri, the charity’s CEO. “So we’re grateful they’re continuing to support us during the lockdown. Music is so important to people right now and we hope Stream4Scotland will help in uniting people for a moment through the power of music, as now more than ever people need to feel a sense of community.””
ViseUp was set up in March 2020 in response to the urgent demand for PPE from key workers at the frontline of the COVID emergency. Throughout the crisis, ViseUp plan to continue fundraising efforts, channelling all funds towards materials, production and distribution of visors for NHS and healthcare workers across the country. It costs £2 to make one visor and ViseUp makes and distributes over 20,000 visors per week.
David Miller, Director of the Innovation School at Kelvinside who has spearheaded the ViseUp campaign, said: “Medical and care staff are heroes who still find themselves on the front-line of this crisis. While requests come in from across every healthcare sector in Scotland, we will continue doing what we can to help in these unbelievably challenging times.”