Higher Ground’s answer to COVID-19 shutdowns, the Drive-In Experience, ended last week with performances by Neko Case and Lady Lamb.

A series of 29 events that took place this summer — with 15,051 visitors — allowed live music to live on despite closed doors.

“Concert venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen so it’s fairly dire for the performing arts sector. The Drive-In helps put a band-aid on that gaping need to connect via music,” Alex Crothers, Higher Ground Presents founder, said.

Higher ground used its alternative shows as an opportunity to support artists, doanting all proceeds to the Vermont Arts Council, a local organization that provides for the arts community and has been integral in supporting artists through the pandemic, a press release said.

A total of $17,945 was raised.

“Higher Ground’s drive-in concerts are a great example of the creative ways that cultural organizations have found to re-invent themselves during the pandemic,” Karen Mittelman, executive director of the Arts Council, said. “We are grateful to Higher Ground for this vital support, and for helping to keep so many Vermonters inspired and connected through live music in this troubled time.”

All events had additional charitable donation components as well. Recipients include The Vermont Foodbank, Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington, Rebel Womxn, Loving Day VT, Pride Center of VT, Burlington City Arts, MasksforMissions.org, the Loveland Foundation, The WaterWheel Foundation and more.

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