Despite her concerts being cancelled, Cécile McLorin Salvant decided to play anyway — to an empty room.

With people across the globe urged to stay home as much as possible and avoid mass gatherings, the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist announced a series of concerts to be live-streamed on Facebook and Instagram in order to give fans the opportunity to enjoy the concert experience from the safety of their homes. Salvant scheduled the first one with piano accompanist Sullivan Fortner for Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. EST on a pay-what-you-can basis, with donations accepted through Venmo to be used for people in need. Prior to that, Salvant had made the best of her cancelled performance at SFJazz by regrouping at the Oakland home of activist Angela Davis for an exclusive, intimate concert — only 11 people were in the audience.

The COVID-19 pandemic will be a devastating financial blow to people and businesses all over the world. Among the most vulnerable to its effects are musicians, whose income and exposure relies heavily on the ability to go on tour and perform live for their fans. Without that, it will be a struggle.

Many artists have been encouraging fans — those who have the means, at least — to show their support more than ever by buying music directly through platforms like Bandcamp, or buying merchandise from their websites, or even just donating directly through cash apps like Venmo and Patreon.

Some of them are doing the same thing as Salvant: bringing the experience of a live performance right to people’s smartphones, laptops and televisions.

Canadian vocalist Measha Brueggergosman set up a GoFundMe campaign to coincide with a live-streamed popup concert at the studio of Guillermo Subauste. The concert took place on Monday, March 16, during which she premiered songs from her latest project of jazz standards, accompanied by pianist Aaron Davis, guitarist Rob Piltch and bassist George Koller. The campaign has raised more than $7,000, and Brueggergosman says there could be more to come.

“It seemed the most efficient way to give people a chance to contribute to the chasm opening up between what we need to survive and the revenue we’ve lost,” she wrote on Facebook. “This virus has already taken so much from all of us already but it can’t take our spirit unless we let it.”