Live! From Somewhere: Submit a Performance

We invite the USC Thornton community to utilize this time as an opportunity to focus on their craft, continue to create, and find ways to innovate, collaborate and grow in their musicianship.

Performance Guidelines

Concerts have been canceled, the campus is closed, but the show must go on. We’re launching a series of performances by USC Thornton students, faculty and alumni, live from… somewhere. Living rooms, offices, back patios, garages — where ever you may be.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Thornton artists as we highlight their music now that the concert halls and clubs have gone dark. Here are the suggested guidelines:

  • The videos should be performed in your home, apartment, dorm, office, etc.
  • For now, we ask for a performance that is around 3:00 minutes or less, but no one is going to count if it runs longer.
  • Video should be recorded in horizontal orientation.
  • The musical selection or song-choice is up to you. Perform something you are working on for a recital or gig. For students in the Division of Contemporary Music, both original material and well-chosen covers are welcome.
  • If performing an instrumental or vocal cover, please record your performance using an alternatively sourced backing track (with permission) or live accompaniment. Videos that include copyrighted tracks (such as playing your instrument over a contemporary song, or singing along with the original recording) cannot be used.
  • Because of the need for social distancing, it should be a solo performance – unless you can find creative ways to use technology to perform with other people.
  • Professional audio quality is not our priority. In these circumstances, it’s your performance that matters, so whatever audio you have at your disposal will do. We expect that solutions will eventually arise for us to offer good production quality, but for now our goal is showcase as many performances as possible. The show must go on!
  • If you are willing, we think it would be great for everyone to wear concert attire. Dress for a gig or a performance no matter where you film. But if that is unrealistic, normal clothes are fine.
  • Upload your MP4 file to Dropbox, Google Drive, or another file sharing service, with a shareable link for us to download. When submitting your video, you will be asked to provide a link to download your video file.
  • Submit your video through the online submission form.

We are committed to showcasing as many performances we can, however please note that submission does not guarantee your video will be published.

Submit a Performance

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