GARWOOD, NJ — Students of RMC Studios will present their vocal and instrumental talents this Saturday during “Shine a Light,” a live-streamed charity concert.

The show will feature 41 performances consisting of both individual students and students groups performing alongside family members. The virtual audience may donate to each students’ selected charity while viewing the performance, including organizations like the Westfield Fun Club, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and more.

“We are doing an event like this because it is important as educators to make our students aware of the profound impact art can have on raising social awareness, and we also feel a responsibility as artists ourselves to do this in real time,” said EJ Gaub, the founder and owner of RMC Studios. “So not only teach change but be the change.”

The event is being held with strictly followed COVID-19 protocol as performers must consistently sanitize, be temperature checked, keep at distance from others and adhere to the maximum attendance of three family members permitted to watch the performance in person, organizers said.

Despite such restrictions, the music school’s audio engineering team and video editing team has used professional recording equipment to produce high-quality videos of each performance.

According to RMC Studios administrator and teacher Liz Robbins, the goal of the event is to provide performers with “the most epic experience they can have.”

“Events like this bring people together through music,” said Robbins. “They show that there's a light at the end of the tunnel for music-making moving forward because performing doesn’t have to be totally virtual.”

RMC Studios has previously held outdoor concerts during the pandemic without any incidents of exposure to COVID-19. The events have avoided virus spreads due to “being responsible and following strict protocol and being respectful of everyone’s comfort levels,” Gaub said.

The Saturday concert runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can tune in to the live stream at www.rmcstudios.com/live-streams.

Shreya Jyotishi is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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