Crew Nation helps the members of its touring staff
Live Nation has announced the launch of its Crew Nation Global Relief Fund to support the crew members of its concert industry who have been out of work due to COVID-19. The company has pledged $10 million to the cause, contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar.
“Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living,” the company shares.
“Crew Nation was created to do just that.
“Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting them through this temporary intermission until we can once again unite millions around the world through the power of live music. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that will be administering the fund.
“Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at a show again soon.”
Reba McEntire, U2, Coldplay, Cher, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown, Billie Eilish and many other acts have contributed to the cause. Fans can help by donating and buying merch via Crew Nation.
Live Nation is one of the many organizations helping the industry. Last week, The Recording Academy and MusiCares announced the launch of the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund in which the CMA, The Latin Recording Academy; StubHub; Universal Music Group; Warner Music Group; City National Bank; Bill Silva Entertainment; William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation; George Harrison’s Material World Foundation; the Michael Jackson Estate; Alicia Keys and She Is The Music; and Yoshiki Foundation America have donated funds. The fund gives assistance to music industry professionals, including artists, production crews, technicians, and anyone impacted by the loss of income due to live music event cancelations.