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Rain City Relief hopes to shower artists with funds after COVID setbacks

black and white photo of seattle band all star opera
Jake Hanson
All Star Opera

The Seattle music scene has been in hibernation since COVID-19 canceled shows and shuttered venues for months.

Throughout the pandemic, musicians leaned on their day jobs to make up for lost income. Many were scrambling because, outside of their bands, their normal source of part-time work were gigs like sound engineering or other jobs dependent on the local music scene.

Live music has started to return to the city, but many artists are still struggling financially after a year and a half of missed opportunities. To answer the growing need, a group of local musicians partnered with The Reef dispensary to create Rain City Relief — a fund to help artists get back on their feet.

KNKX’s Anya Steinberg talked with members of the band All Star Opera, who helped create Rain City Relief. They caught up in the band’s practice space, a cozy shed tucked away in a corner of Lake City.