Metallica Donate $350,000 to COVID-19 Relief Charities
The mensches in Metallica have announced they’re donating $350,000, via their All Within My Hands charity foundation, to four “organizations dedicated to assisting those hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.” Specifically, the money will go to Feeding America, which does exactly what you think it does; Direct Relief, which has been providing personal protection equipment for healthcare workers; Crew Nation, the Live Nation initiative to help out of work live music crews; and the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, which will help out of work bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers.
This is the second time this year Metallica have made a substantial charitable donation to help ease the pain of a natural disaster: in January, they donated $750,000 to Australian wildfire relief efforts.
You can read Metallica’s detailed statement on the matter below:
In the wake of the spread of the Coronavirus, the most vulnerable people in our communities need help now more than ever. All Within My Hands is reaching out with four grants totaling $350,000 to organizations dedicated to assisting those hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, Feeding America launched a COVID-19 Response Fund as they continue to work with their network of local food banks reacting to the specific needs of individual communities. As the need continues to grow, our local food banks are suffering from a lack of volunteers, donations, and food distribution assistance from their normal channels. AWMH has pledged $100,000 to this fund.
As of last week, Direct Relief has responded to 22 countries, providing more than 40 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the front lines. Direct Relief will continue to expand and diversify its efforts as the secondary effects of this pandemic on the healthcare system become more evident. Direct Relief is in constant collaboration and communication with allies in the battle to manage this outbreak through its relationships across global, international, and national agencies such as the WHO, the US Dept of Health and Human Services, the CDC, ASPR, State Offices of emergency management, etc. AWMH has pledged $100,000 to this fund.
As you all know, our live shows — all live music in general — would not be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 puts the entire live music industry on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who make their living show-to-show. Our partners at Live Nation have committed $10 million to their Crew Nation initiative, contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million donated by artists, fans, and employees. We’re happy to pledge $100,000 to this fund to help those who make it all happen for us year in and year out on the road.
THE USBG NATIONAL CHARITY FOUNDATION
In addition to the hard-working crews who support us on tour, we rely heavily on the worldwide hospitality industry. As restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, bars, and other food and beverage providers have been forced to close or shift to delivery/pick-up operations, hundreds of thousands of workers are suddenly without jobs. We’re pledging $50,000 to the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) to assist qualified bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers in need of financial assistance.
ONE FINAL NOTE
As the COVID-19 pandemic has sent us retreating to our homes, we’ve launched the #MetallicaMondays streaming series: Each Monday at 5:00 pm PST, we’ll broadcast a full concert from the video archives directly to your couch via YouTube and Facebook Live. Generous donations to AWMH via the simultaneous fundraisers on each platform from fans enjoying the weekly series have already amounted to $15,000, and we’ll continue to raise funds during the weekly streams to support those impacted by COVID-19.
We know this is the hardest of times for many of you, but if you would like to support any of these organizations, please feel free to reach out directly to our incredibly dedicated partners, as their needs are very wide-ranging; every dollar helps.