The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Transperformance 30: LIVE AID - Recap

The Northampton Arts Council concluded its 30th annual Transperformance Benefit Music Festival this past Tuesday. 18 of your favorite local bands did a magnificent job transforming into the LIVE AID performers from 35 years ago for a 4 hour concert, all in the name of raising funds for arts enrichment activities in the public schools and grants to local artists and arts organizations.

The level of quality and professionalism that our local performers bring to the stage (and camera) is truly inspiring and was on full display at Transperformance 30: (mostly) LIVE AID. Due to COVID-19, we were not able to present Transperformance in its typical fashion at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence. Instead, the event was live-streamed on social media and broadcast on public access television from The Workroom/Theater @ 33 Hawley. Our bands rallied with great effort to provide incredible performances amidst this difficult year, with several groups pre-recording impressive video sets all on their own.

So far we raised $15,204 in direct financial assistance for arts enrichment activities in the public schools and to local artists. If you missed it, don’t worry you can still watch Transperformance 30! Follow the link below to check it out:

If you can, we really could use your support. Please visit this page to donate by credit card, paypal, or check:

Transperformance 30: LIVE AID would not have been possible without the video wizardry of Northampton Open Media, in particular Dave Newland and Liz Walber. We would also like to thank John LaPrade (lighting), Dan Richardson (sound) as well as our hosts Monte Belmonte and Joan Holliday. Thanks to Downtown Sounds for providing the drum set and Nate Duval for the poster design. Thank you as well to our sponsors UMassFive College Federal Credit Union

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