Livestreaming Cultural Events: How to Engage and Grow Your Community

For the past 30 years, Jazz at Lincoln Center has entertained millions with performances from jazz heavyweights such as Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Joey Alexander. But there’s also another notable achievement – it’s now into its fifth consecutive year of successfully livestreaming cultural events with Livestream.

In 2017 alone, over 4 million tuned in from around the world to watch live broadcasts of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts.

As a cultural institution, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission is to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. Simply put, its focus is on creating shared experiences and common ground among jazz lovers.

Creating Shared Experiences by Livestreaming Cultural Events

“[Since 2012], we have grown a dedicated global audience for jazz through the platform,” says Aaron Bisman, the venue’s Director of Audience Development. “Livestream has strengthened Jazz at Lincoln Center’s brand by helping us connect with people all over the world.”

Livestreaming cultural events has served as an outreach tool for Jazz at Lincoln Center. “We have viewers from all over the world in real time. When you open yourself up to digital opportunities, such as livestreaming, you can speak to an exponentially larger audience. Why wouldn’t you make your art, music, and content available to the widest audience possible? It’s a no-brainer,” says Bisman. Since adding Facebook Live to its livestreaming strategy, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s total live views have increased 818% year-over-year.

While some venue organizers fear that livestreaming performances could cannibalize in-person attendance, Jazz at Lincoln Center believes those views have been disproved. “We’re four years into presenting free concert livestreams and our ticket sales have only increased during that time,” Bisman shares.

Reaching a Global Audience by Livestreaming Cultural Events

Located at the corner of 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue, 92nd Street Y’s audience extends far beyond its neighborhood and the city of New York.

“We are not just for a New York audience, so live video fits in perfectly,” says Andrew Krucoff, Director of Digital Content at 92nd Street Y. “The programs that we do are for a worldwide audience.” The institution has been broadcasting its events with Livestream since 2012.

Established in 1874, 92nd Street Y is a Jewish cultural institution and community center that brings people together through performance and visual arts, literature and culture, and education. Each year, the organization holds over 2,000 events in New York, including its high holiday services, special conferences like the Social Good Summit and The Fast Company Innovation Festival.

As part of its livestreaming strategy to reach a global audience, the organization broadcasts events to its Livestream account, 92Yondemand.org, Facebook page, as well as Periscope.

The ability to stream to multiple platforms simultaneously – specifically Facebook Live – has yielded impressive results for the institution. A recent livestream of CBS Sunday Morning to the show’s homepage and Facebook page recorded a total of 39,000 views, 1,300 reactions, 835 comments, and 129 shares.

“Being able to stream directly to Facebook is huge. Facebook is such a beast in the world. You need your content there. It allows us to collaborate with other organizations,” says Krucoff.

Connecting the Community by Livestreaming Cultural Events

Another institution successfully engaging its community by livestreaming cultural events is PowWows.com. A customer of Livestream since 2012, the organization seeks to bring together the Native American and indigenous community by demonstrating the diversity of cultures through dance and song events.

Since its first powwow livestream in Oklahoma City in 2004, PowWows.com has seen exponential growth in its viewership, from “a couple thousand viewers” to over 1.9 million views in 2017. Similar to 92nd Street Y, it is also seeing the results of its ability to stream to its Livestream account and Facebook Live simultaneously. In 2017, PowWows.com received over 2.2 million live views of its events, with the majority coming from Facebook Live.

Its live video strategy is underpinned by its goal to engage the community. “We like to stream because it builds our community, gives great engagement, and helps people feel connected to their culture,” says Paul Gowder, CEO of PowWows.com, adding that livestreaming is “the ultimate connectivity tool.”

Livestreaming gives followers real-time access to events, in turn creating more authentic engagement. “It’s not just in history books. People can interact with our culture and see it firsthand.” For that reason, Gowder believes all cultural institutions should be investing in live video.

“It’s important to educate the public on a culture,” says Gowder. “Exposing more people to a culture helps bridge the gaps. No more hiding behind things or not understanding it. You can dispel myths with livestreaming. You can see it, you can watch it.”


You can learn more about livestreaming cultural events and growing your community from our full webinar. Watch the video below to learn:

  • Why livestreaming is key to your event’s audience growth strategy.
  • How to grow your audience by streaming to multiple destinations.
  • Best practices from 92nd Street Y, PowWows.com and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Why a Live Video Strategy is a Must-Have for Marketers [2020 Update]

Live streaming for marketers is no longer a novelty – live video is changing the way brands interact with their audiences. A live video strategy engages viewers in immediate and authentic ways that other social media formats cannot. And marketers are paying attention, with 28% investing more in live streaming.

Customers expect live video at every step of the consideration process. To meet this growing demand, savvy brands are finding new ways to use tools like Vimeo, LinkedIn Live, Facebook Live, and Periscope in their marketing stack.

“If you don’t livestream your show you’re missing out on a huge opportunity that your competitors are going to pick up on.” – Digital Manager, Carolina Herrera

91 million subscribers will utilize live streaming by 2024.

47% of viewers are live streaming more than a year ago.

Live streaming topped 1.1 billion hours in 2019.

80% of audiences would rather watch live video from a brand than read a blog.

82% prefer live video from a brand to social posts.

62% of consumers are more likely to have a negative perception of a brand that publishes poor-quality video.

Enjoyment of video increased sales intent by 97% and brand association by 139%.

Video on a landing page can increase conversion by 80% or more.

After watching a video, 64% of users are more likely to buy a product online.

Video in an email leads to 200-300% increase in click-through rate.

39% of executives call a vendor after viewing a video.

59% of executives would rather watch a video than read text.

73% of B2B businesses using live video report positive results to their ROI.

Livestreaming has the power to expand the viewership of an event attended by hundreds into the millions, to connect global offices, and to reach audiences of unprecedented scale for product launches, fashion shows, or exclusive fan releases.

There are more options for livestreaming than ever before, and understanding the equipment and up-front costs can be overwhelming.

Ready to explore a live video strategy for your brand?

We created The Ultimate Guide to Live Streaming Events because we know that while events and livestreaming may be essential to your marketing strategy, that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Nearly everything about event planning and live video is difficult – especially if you’re doing it for the first time. We want to provide you with the tools and information you need to make your event and livestream a success.


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In this guide you will learn:

  • Statistics and data on how the live event and video industry is growing and driving ROI.
  • Event planning best practices and tips from professional large-scale event producers and marketers.
  • Step-by-step instructions and tools for going live from our production team.
  • How nine organizations use Vimeo’s live streaming tech to expand the reach of their audience and increase live event ROI.
  • All the technical terminology and lingo you need to understand live video production.