As concerts and festivals have been cancelled in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, musicians are finding creative ways to entertain their fans while raising awareness about social distancing and self-isolation.
Chris Martin, John Legend, Neil Young, Keith Urban, YungBlud and Benjamin Gibbard have all looked at livestreaming as a mindful alternative to touring.
The Coldplay frontman took to Instagram Live earlier this week to perform songs from the band's catalogue as well as a rendition of David Bowie's "Life on Mars."
"Maybe 9/11 was the last time I felt like we were all together," Martin said during the performance, which is part of the "Together, at Home" campaign from the World Health Organization and Global Citizen.
Meanwhile, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard is hosting a series of concerts from his home studio every day at 7 pm EST.
"We're still working out the details but I'm hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally," the 43-year-old musician wrote in his social media, also announcing that the performances will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook.
To keep fans busy during their voluntary or mandatory quarantine, The Armed is inviting them to collaborate on a new piece of music, entitled "The Apocalypse Song."
The Detroit hardcore punk collective is providing fans with unfinished stems of the unreleased song, which they "never finished for whatever reason."
"While you're isolated, self-quarantined, social-distanced and basically trapped doing nothing but washing your hands in the sink of your own anxiety and terror, we invite you to take these stems and make your own The Armed Song. Help us finish this thing," they wrote on their official website.
Florence Welch is also inviting fans to join her on a collective project from the comfort of their respective home.
"As we practice social distancing, I thought we could come together in a different way...Please write one line you would like to add to a 'Collective Poem' and I will try and piece it together....If you are feeling afraid, anxious or isolated I send you so much love. I am feeling the same. But creativity is a small blessing," The Florence + The Machine frontwoman wrote on her Instagram account.
In the meantime, Charli XCX has begun to share a journal of her quarantine experience on her social media.
The British pop powerhouse chronicles how the outbreak of the coronavirus has forced her to rethink the creative process behind the much-anticipated fourth studio album.
"A.G. [Cook] is suggesting I start... recording myself, which I haven't done for so many years but I think now's the time to start again .... Maybe there's something I can release during what feels like an imminent lock down period... I'm not sure what yet," she wrote in the second entry of her diary.