Stream On

This research project focuses on musical performers who livestream on online platforms. From bedrooms, closets, and amateur home studios, a growing number of musicians are delivering concerts to remote audiences across the world, interacting with fans through live chat, patronage, and endless hours of streaming requests. As a result of necessity, accessibility, and/or creative possibility, these musicians have turned away from traditional concert venues in favor of digital worlds. I am documenting the stories of these musicians at a pivotal time, when COVID has kept many of us inside and pushed us towards deeper digital connections with one another.

I am grateful to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for funding the initial stages of this research, and I am currently applying for additional funding.

If you’re a livestreaming musician, then I encourage you to get in touch (byrd.mcdaniel [at] to be part of this project. All styles, streams, and career stages are most welcome.