Live entertainment behemoth Live Nation has set up a relief fund to support touring and venue crews through the Coronavirus pandemic.
The company has committed $10 million to the Crew Nation fund, contributing an initial $5m directly – including $250,000 personally from CEO Michael Rapino and his family – and is matching the next $5m donated 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,” reads a Live Nation statement. “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. Crew Nation was created to do just that.”
Recipients will be selected based on a determination of need. Over the next week, the company said it will be reaching out to crew members from tours whose income has already been affected due to the cancellation or rescheduling of a Live Nation event. Crew members will also be able to send in applications to be considered for funds.
“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.”
The fund is powered by charitable organisation Music Forward Foundation, which will select recipients of funding “based on an objective determination of need”. Live Nation employees are not eligible to receive funding.
if you’d like to support, please visit https://www.livenationentertainment.com/crewnation/