While coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, continued to spread across Michigan and the rest of the United States, the entertainment industry saw a paradigm shift. Movies, concerts and more were canceled as state and federal governments recommended against or banned gatherings of increasingly smaller numbers of people.
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To alleviate some boredom during the quarantine, artists and businesses began live-streaming events on social media, while Netflix and traditional television channels offered special features.
- Tuesday, March 24, 2020: The Ann Arbor Film Festival moved its events online, avoiding the confines of movie theaters.
- Thursday, March 26: The MLB planned to air 30 classic baseball games on its streaming service on what would have been the organization's opening day.
- Sunday, March 29: Elton John announced he would host a commercial-free concert on Fox TV and iHeart Radio. Performances would include Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong.
- Thursday, April 16 through Monday, April 20: Turner Classic Movies announced a special airing of their Classic Film Festival, which would include guest appearances from previous years.
- Beginning Thursday, April 2, Dolly Parton said she would host a 10-week video series where she would read books to kids and families from the Imagination Library.
- Musicians including John Legend, Bono, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer and Keith Urban streamed concerts from their living rooms. Miley Cyrus began a live talk show, streamed daily on Instagram. Rolling Stone magazine partnered with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys for a new IGTV series.
- The Grand Ole Opry began streaming its Saturday concerts live without an audience. A stream was available on their YouTube page.
- A Kalamazoo artist, Benjamin Gauthier, began live-streaming concerts for kids and families daily. Shows included educational music at 11 a.m., and lullabies at 7 p.m.
- City Brew Tours launched a live Beer Events at Home program including brewing instruction, virtual happy hours and more.
- Three months earlier than planned, the Walt Disney Company put the much-anticipated Frozen 2 on its exclusive streaming service, Disney Plus.
- Netflix moved forward with its April releases as scheduled.
- Amazon made more than 40 kids' shows available free, which previously required an Amazon Prime subscription.
- The NFL offered free subscriptions to its streaming service, Game Pass, through Sunday, May 31.
- Netflix and Google Chrome created Netflix Party, a free Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix and chat with friends from separate locations.
- Stay Home #WithMe on YouTube: The streaming platform's new campaign brought together the most popular videos in a number of categories, such as cooking, music and exercise.
- The John Ball Zoo began its Zoo Insider YouTube series, offering a special look at animals and areas around the zoo while it's closed.
- The Pure Michigan campaign found a number of ways to help residents experience the state virtually, including museum tours and nature webcams.
- Spotify created Spotify Kids, an app with 8,000 educational and just-for-fun songs made by companies like Nickelodeon and Disney.
- JK Rowling announced Harry Potter at Home, a website with quizzes, games and other activities, as well as a partnership with Audible and OverDrive for free audio and digital editions of the first book in the Harry Potter series.