Where is the free music?

With concerts and live events canceled due to COVID-19, many big-name entertainers have been offering concerts from their homes. A reader wants to know how to find them.

“I’ve been trying to find out about the music that’s being streamed. We don’t know where this is happening, how to find out, where to get it, IF we can get it on our TV.

We don’t know the how’s or where’s or on what’s for all this “free” concert music. We’re not tech savvy but would love to see some of this on our TV if possible. We’re told it’s happening, but never does anyone say where or how. Can you help with this?”


The concerts aren’t all coming from one place. Most are being streamed on social media platforms like Facebook or on YouTube. Just look for the artists’ Facebook page or YouTube Channel¬† Some are on the artists’ websites.

Most are designed to be viewed on a computer or tablet but there are ways to watch them on your TV. If you have a SmartTV that allows you to cast from a mobile device, you can broadcast it to the big screen. Smart TVs and streaming devices also allow you to use YouTube and Browser apps where you can view free music.

Keep checking your TV listings as many channels are adding music specials.

Here’s a list of resources to find concerts:

NPR has a list of upcoming concerts: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

Billboard magazine updates a list of concerts with links here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming their archive on a nightly basis at this link: https://www.metopera.org/

CNET also does a daily update of upcoming concerts: https://www.cnet.com/news/every-concert-you-can-livestream/

Vulture offers a fairly extensive list as well:  https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/all-musicians-streaming-live-concerts.html

And here’s a long list of classical options: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/

I hope there’s something in there that appeals to you.

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