YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have raised more than $1.8 million to date in efforts to help save independent music venues across the country. With views already in the millions, the festival continues to inspire music fans online who can continue to donate and support these venues by revisiting the #SOSFEST performances on YouTube.
This 3-day virtual festival featured more than 35 artists from 25 venues across the country including a performance by Grammy®-nominee Sebastián Yatra from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Cleveland Clinic has been instrumental in the Broward Center’s reopening plans, working in collaboration with the Center’s operations team to develop and update health and safety guidelines and protocols to provide an optimal experience for patrons, artists, staff and volunteers. Formed at the onset of the COVID-19 shutdown, NIVA now represents more than 2,800 members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These independent venues and promoters were the first to close and will be the last to fully reopen. NIVA’s mission is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live venues, promoters and festivals throughout the United States. One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events