Paramount's New Works Department Launches CONNECTION: A Social Media Concert Series
Paramount Theatre announced today the launch of Connection: A Social Media Concert Series, an all-new online campaign to find new ways for artists and audiences to connect with each other while the public is asked to shelter in place.
Connection is a multi-week virtual music theater series meant to encourage both emerging and veteran songwriters and playwrights to use this time to create new work and keep patrons entertained in an innovative new way.
"In the few days we have all been advised to socially distance ourselves, it's become clear that we need to find ways to stay in touch now more than ever," said Amber Mak, New Works Development Director, Paramount Theatre. "While we may not be able to bring you live theater right now, Paramount's New Works Department has conceived this social media concert series to keep people connected until we can all see each other again at the theater."
Every Wednesday for the next three weeks, Paramount's New Works Department will unveil a new theme for the series and post guidelines for submissions for that week's topic.
Today, Paramount announced the first weekly theme for the series: student work.
Student songwriters, whether in high school, college, or any student who has learned their school won't be in session for the foreseeable future, are encouraged to write, perform and submit an original song on video about their connection to their school. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, April 1, at midnight.
To submit a video, email a downloadable link (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to Paramount's New Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Note: If filming with a cell phone, horizontal orientation is preferred but not required.)
The next day, Paramount's New Works and Marketing departments will start working together to edit a video reel that assembles the featured musical entries.
Then, on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., the first Connection series compilation video will "drop" on Paramount's website, ParamountAurora.com, and on Paramount's Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages for free public viewing.
Next Wednesday, April 1, Paramount will also unveil the following week's theme.
Similarly, submissions will be accepted until the following Wednesday, April 8 at midnight. The second Connection compilation video will be posted for free viewing on Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
And so on.
The series is currently slated to run for three weeks, through April 18, but may continue until stay at home orders are lifted. Each week's Connection social media concert will run approximately 30 minutes.
Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to email Paramount's New Works Department with their questions at email@example.com.