FREE PLAY: Video Game Jazz for Charity & Artists


Hi! This is Greg Weaver of The Hard Modes. On August 31 from 6-11pm EDT, we're teaming up with 4 other amazing video game music jazz bands to stream a concert online in an effort to bring this great community of musicians and fans together.

FREE PLAY: an online jazz festival of video game music

FREE PLAY will feature back-to-back hour-long sets from each band, and the show - true to its namesake - is 100% free to stream online. That the show comes at no cost to our viewers is important, as the point is to create and share art with the broader community, and leaving it free creates the most accessible environment for every type of listener.

The current festival itinerary and lineup, which features bands from 3 different countries, is currently as follows (final time slots may vary slightly):

(times listed in EDT)
6pm | VGM Collective (New York, USA)
7pm | 8-Bit Jazz Heroes (California, USA)
8pm | N!ESS (Tokyo, JPN)
9pm | The Consouls (Sydney, AUS)
10pm | The Hard Modes (Virginia, USA)

Each band will be streaming their shows on their individual Twitch pages. To attend the festival, simply head to their page and rock out! Exact streaming URLs will be listed closer to the festival on this page, on our Facebook event, and on

At the end of each set, the bands will pass viewers to the next band's show so you won't miss a beat.


The bands participating in FREE PLAY all share a common language in both video game music and jazz. From swing to latin to funk, you'll hear your favorite tunes in a new light.

Furthermore, we make improvisation a focal point of our arrangements, allowing soloists to extend the game music we love in a deeply personal way.

Each band has a different build - from a guitar trio to a pair of varying sextets - adding to the variety of experiences you'll have watching the performances. You may even hear the same core melody played by more than one group, but due to the nature of this music, each play will be uniquely its own.


Again, listening to the performances is 100% free but we have created this GoFundMe for two reasons:

1. We are asking you to support the creative processes of the bands and musicians involved.

All of the musicians participating in FREE PLAY are doing so because they’re passionate about playing this music and bringing it to you in an unticketed event! They’re spending countless hours preparing this music and perfecting their craft without expectation of payment.

That said, the proceeds of this GoFundMe will be divided up equally between all the musicians in each band, and each musician will have the freedom to use the money for whatever endeavour they so choose.

Personally, I will be using any potential cut I receive to fund recording sessions for The Hard Modes’ upcoming album, which I hope to record this fall.

Note: Our guest artist from Japan, N!ESS, has specifically asked us not to send them any proceeds from our crowdfunding--they will be playing 100% pro bono, which will allow us to reach our goal more quickly and allocate more funds to reason #2!

2. We want to come together to have a tangible positive impact on the gaming community in support of a great charity.

A percentage of the proceeds from this GoFundMe will be going to the AbleGamers charity. AbleGamers "[utilizes] fun to bring inclusion and improved quality of life for people with disabilities through the power of video games." Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 for this great cause. Read more about the wonderful work that they do on their website!


There are approximately 25 musicians who will be participating in this event and benefiting from this GoFundMe (again, N!ESS is not included in these numbers because they are not involved in the campaign).

Once we reach $50/band member, a percentage of the money will go to AbleGamers. This $50 amount is based on the absolute minimum that my bandmates and I personally require to perform live in our hometown.

Some very rough math (pre-fees, etc.) based on our goal of $3,000:

- $3,000 raised
- $1,250 to musicians ($50/person)
- $1,750 left over
-- 60% goes to AbleGamers: $1,050
-- 40% would go to the musicians: $700 (resulting in $78/person overall)


Your support of any kind - whether by just watching or by supporting this GoFundMe campaign - means the world to us. We hope that this festival will allow us to bring our music to new ears, igniting and expanding the video game music community. Please tell your friends to tune in and, if they can, support our efforts and the efforts of AbleGamers!

In Peace and Appreciation,

Leader / Arranger / Saxophonist
The Hard Modes


Official website 
Facebook event page 

THE SCHEDULE スケジュール (click here for official schedule site )

(times in EDT)
6pm | VGM Collective | Twitch 
7pm | 8-Bit Jazz Heroes | Twitch 
8pm | N!ESS | Twitch 
9pm | The Consouls | Twitch 
10pm | The Hard Modes | Twitch 

御前7時 | VGM Collective
御前8時 | 8-Bit Jazz Heroes
御前9時 | N!ESS 
御前10時 | The Consouls 
御前11時 | The Hard Modes 


- The Hard Modes (Virginia, USA) -

Twitch  | Website  | YouTube  | Facebook  | Twitter  | Instagram 

- The Consouls (Sydney, AUS) -

Twitch  | Website   | YouTube   | Facebook   | Twitter   | Instagram 

- Nice! Edmond is Super Sumo-Wrestler (Tokyo, JPN) -

Twitch | Website  | YouTube  | Twitter

- VGM Collective (New York, USA) -

Twitch  | YouTube  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram 

- 8-Bit Jazz Heroes (California, USA) -

Twitch  | Website  | YouTube   | Facebook  | Twitter  | Instagram

FREE PLAY(フリープレイ): 芸術とチャリティーのためにVGMジャズのミュージシャンがチームにまとめる

こんにちは! THE HARD MODESのグレッグ・ウィーバーです。9月1日の東部夏時間午後6〜11時まで、ミュージシャンとファンのとても良いコミュニティを集めるためにVGMジャズの他5つの素晴らしいグループとチームにまとめて、オンラインでコンサートをストリーミング配信をします。


FREE PLAYは、連続に各バンドの一時間セットを特集し、名前と一致するように、ストリーミング配信は100%ただです。演奏を無料にした重要な理由は、目的は作った芸術を広範なコミュニティとシェアするからです。無料にすることにより、各種の聴取者にとって鑑賞しやすい環境を作ります。


御前7時 | VGM Collective (アメリカ、ニューヨーク)
御前8時 | 8-Bit Jazz Heroes (アメリカ、カリフォルニア)
御前9時 | N!ESS (東京)
御前10時 | The Consouls (オーストラリア、シドニー)
御前11時 | The Hard Modes (アメリカ、バージニア)

各グループの演奏は、自分のTwitchページでストリーミング配信をします。祭りに参加するためにそのグループのページに行って、思う存分に楽しんでください!ストリーミング配信のリンクは、祭りにより近い日付にこのページ、Facebookのイベント・ページ、及び www.thehardmodes.comに記載します。.



FREE PLAYに参加するグループは、VGMとジャズが両方共通言語になります。スィングやラテンやファンクなど、大好きな音楽に新たな光を当ててあげます。





1. 関わるグループとミュージシャンの創造的な行為を支えると求めます

FREE PLAYに参加するミュージシャン全員は、チケットが要らないイベントでこの音楽を演奏する熱心であります!お金をもらわない前提で音楽のリハーサルと自分の技を充実支えるために数えられない時間をかけています。


個人的に、私がもらうお金を今年の秋で開催する予定のThe Hard Modesの最新アルバムの録音に使います。


2. 良いチャリティーを支援することで、ゲームのコミュニティに具体的なプラス影響を与えたいです。

このGoFundMeのあるパーセンテージをAbleGamers というチャリティーに寄付します。使命記述書によりますと、AbleGamersは「TVゲームのパワーを使い、楽しみで障害者の包括と生活の質を高めます。」 と目指しています。私たちの目標は、この素晴らしいチャリティーのために1000ドルを寄付したいです。AbleGamersの素晴らしい使命に関するより細かい情報はAbleGamersのホームページでご覧ください。




- 3000ドル収納
- ミュージシャンに1250ドル (50ドル/人)
- 1750ドルが残る
- AbleGamersに60%: 1050ドル
- ミュージシャンに40%: 700ドル (合計78ドル/人になる)




リーダー / 編曲者 / サックス奏者
The Hard Modes

Donations (0)

  • Lewis Reining 
    • $10 
    • 22 d
  • Grayson Morley 
    • $10 
    • 22 d
  • Hard Modes #2 Fan 
    • $102 
    • 22 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 22 d
  • Tyler Luppi 
    • $9 
    • 22 d

Fundraising team: FREE PLAY (3) 

Gregory Weaver 
Raised $740 from 13 donations
Charlottesville, VA
Brandon Walsh 
Team member
Raised $110 from 3 donations
Robby Delosier 
Team member
This team raised $856 from 13 other donations.
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