Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Your Wednesday Moment of "This is So Cool I Can't Even Stand It"

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. Seriously -- what a great idea, and it's almost inspirational that they're actually doing it.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Tech Kits for Performing Artists program is a resource to enable performing artists to document their works and publish them online. This kit contains a number of items that are commonly used to document and post performance work online.

COVID-19 has presented extreme challenges for performing artists. Live performances have all but disappeared, drastically reducing income opportunities for many artists. Simultaneously, virtual performances, auditions, classes and collaborations have all moved online, making the need for in-home technological resources all the more crucial for performing artists at any stage in their careers and creative process.

To help provide resources for performing artists during this unprecedented time, the Library is offering tech kits, including various hardware and software, to enable performing artists to document their works and publish them online.

What's included in the kits?

12.9” iPad Pro with cellular data Logitech Slim Folio Pro case with integrated keyboard Logitech B100 Corded Mouse AKG Lyra USB microphone Behringer HC 2000B Wireless Headphones with Bluetooth Xcellon usb c - 4-port usb 3.1 hub GVM LED Ring Light with Phone Tripod Stand Kit Connection cables and chargers M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI keyboard (available with select kits)

Who can borrow a kit?

Anyone over the age of 18 with a New York Public Library card. Don't have a card? Sign up for one here.

How can I borrow a kit?

Simply search the catalog for "Tech Kit," and request the item as you would any other circulating materials from the Library. Select your preferred grab-and-go location for pick-up.

How will I know when my kit is ready? Where will I pick it up?

You will receive an email when your tech kit is ready for pick-up. You will be able to then pick it up within 24 hours at the grab-and-go location you indicated when placing your hold.

How long can I borrow a kit for?

Kits are available for between one and three months.

Have additional questions?

Please email

[h/t Rebecca Littman]


Anonymous said...

Now The Weasels can begin recording a new album!

Captain Al

Jai Guru Dave said...

Gov. Murphy of NJ has announced that in-person Weaseling may resume on May 1, if CDC benchmarks are met.
At first only “essential” players will be allowed to participate. As conditions improve, guest artists may be permitted.
We follow the science.

pete said...

Thanks for posting.