Crew Nation Raises $15 Million for Live Music Crews

Crew Nation raises $15 million for live music crews and hopes to double the amount as the pandemic continues.

The Music Forward Foundation announced August 12,2020 that the Crew Nation Global Relief fund have raised $15 million to support live music crews. The current amount is able to assist 15,000 crew members across 36 countries who were displaced by rescheduled or cancelled shows due to the pandemic.

Crew Nation hopes to double its current amount to at least $30 million as the uncertainty of live music, alongside the closure of many venues, continues to circulate the industry. The relief fund would provide comfort for many crew members who still need help, most who are independent workers.

“Concerts wouldn’t be possible without the many crew members working behind the scenes every step of the way and we want to make sure that as independent workers, they get the support they need from both the industry and the government,” said Michael Rapino, President and CEO, Live Nation. “Live Nation is proud to be among the many artists, donors, partners and fans who are helping drive this mission forward and support those who make the magic of live possible.”

“The support we have received has been overwhelming, but the number of people who still need assistance is staggering and our work is nowhere near done,” said Nurit Smith, Executive Director, Music Forward Foundation. “The artist community has been so incredibly supportive and creative, utilizing their resources and platforms to make personal donations and drum up contributions through the release of exclusive merch, new music, live streamed performances and much more, and our hope is that it continues to keep rolling.”

“I just wanted to offer a heartfelt thank you for your support and what you are doing for people. It’s most appreciated and thank you very much for helping out all the crew out there in limbo at the moment. It’s nice to know someone’s got our backs.” James Orr, Northcote, Australia, Keyboard Technician, Dead Can Dance.

“For myself and many others, unemployment has not yet come through. As such, this grant will go a long way for my household. On behalf of myself and my spouse, I just want to say thank you for this assistance. We both look forward to helping provide unforgettable musical experiences to patrons once again, and getting back to the most rewarding industry in the world.” William C., Hesperia, CA, Operations & Experience, EDC

Live Nation announced the global relief fund back in April to assist concert crew members who were impacted by COVID-19. The organization launched the fund with a $5 million donation and then matched the next $5 million from artists, fans, and employees.

For more information on how to donate, get involved, apply for relief, or buy merchandise, visit:

Artists who have donated:

o Aerosmith
o Anderson .Paak
o awolnation
o Backstreet Boys
o BTS x Big Hit Entertainment
o Cher
o Coldplay
o Depeche Mode
o From Ashes to New
o Guns N’ Roses
o John Mayer
o JohnnySwim
o Journey
o Justin Timberlake
o Kesha
o Kid Rock
o Kygo
o Lamb of God
o Metallica
o Motörhead
o Pantera
o Robbie Williams
o Sum 41
o Take That
o Third Eye Blind
o twenty one pilots
o U2
o Westlife

Partners and brands who have supported:

o Adobe
o Atlantic Records
o C3
o Collectiv Presents
o Danny & Maria Clinch
o Electric Feel Entertainment
o Fearless Records
o Fender
o Fenway Sessions
o Gildan
o Goldbelly X Trejo’s Tacos
o Governors Ball
o JAM Pedals
o Live From The Drive-In
o Lollapalooza
o Reverb
o Loud Pictures
o Shaky Knees
o The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
o Yeti

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