Musicians Re-Create Their Favorite Songs Using Household Items For Shure's #FoundSoundChallenge

Ariel Parrella-Aureli
May 16, 2020 - 6:30 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Since the beginning of the pandemic, musicians all over the country have taken to social media to spread some creative musical fun during the quarantine and to stay connected to fans.

With shows canceled and small music venues suffering, musicians have those virtual concerts, donated money to local music coalitions and taken part in music challenges to keep the sound alive.

Now, a similar new initiative created by local audio company Shure and professional artists from different genres is meant to inspire people to recreate their favorite songs using instruments made from household items and. Called the #FoundSoundChallenge, the effort has partnered with artists such as London singer Jacob Collier, hip hop singer and DJ Scarypoolparty and pop band LANY. 

Collier unveiled the new challenge on May 12 and performed his song "It Don't Matter" using household items such as glasses, light switches, rubber bands and door slams. 

@scarypoolparty is serving us some vibes with his #FoundSoundChallenge video. We’re proud to partner with him to donate to @musicares to support musicians during this time. Tag us in your #FoundSoundChallenge videos!

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“Music continues to be a central part of our lives and I think we’re all looking for ways to unlock creativity while we’re spending more time at home,” said Erik Vaveris, vice president of global marketing at Shure, in a statement.

As part of the effort, Shure will donate $100,000 to MusiCares Foundation, a nonprofit that helps musicians in times of financial, personal, or medical crisis. While it has received numerous donations from top artists and companies in the music industry last week MusiCares reported their COVID-19 Relief Fund ran out and was forced to stop accepting new applications until more money is raised. 

Shure aims to fill the money bucket and support artists affected by the pandemic. 

“This is one way we can have fun while supporting a great cause," Vaveris said.

The company will share new musicians' creations on its Instagram and encourages people at home to share their music videos on social media as well using the hashtag #FoundSoundChallenge.