Live Nation joins big-name musicians in pledging serious money for bushfire relief
Amid dozens of official fundraising gigs taking place at the moment, US-based events operator Live Nation is putting its money where its mouth is.
One of the dominant promotors globally, Live Nation Entertainment and its suite of Australian businesses – which include Secret Sounds, Ticketmaster Australia and Moshtix – are pledging $500,000 to support bushfire relief efforts.
“Our hearts and thoughts are with those affected by the widespread devastation across the country,” said Live Nation Australia & New Zealand in a statement.
— Live Nation AUS & NZ (@LiveNationOzNz) January 12, 2020
The funds will be raised over the next few months, with Live Nation to join with artists it will tour to pull together half a million dollars.
“We will be working with artists announcing tours in the months of January and February to raise funds through donations, charity upsells and auction off experience,” said the statement.
“We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to the many volunteers, firefighters and emergency services who continue to work bravely and tirelessly – thank you.”
Live Nation joins several big-name artists to pledge funds to bushfire relief, with Kylie & Dannii Minogue, Pink, Better Middler, and Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman each pledging $500,000.
Metallica has pledged $750K of their own, while Elton John announced live in Sydney last week that he’d be digging deep to the tune of a million dollars.
Seeing the fires raging across Australia have left me heartbroken. This tragedy has taken lives, homes and devastated so much wildlife. At my Sydney show last night, I pledged $1 million dollars to support the Bushfire Relief Fund.
God bless, Australia. 🇦🇺❤️
Elton xx pic.twitter.com/8umFtjikSa
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) January 7, 2020
Personal donations have also come from Dami Im and Flume.
Following a series of Make It Rain concerts in Byron Bay last week, there’s an ongoing Secret Sounds-organised online auction, with over $100,000 pledged so far.
The auction closes January 17, and among the items up for grabs are:
- A Maton guitar signed by Powderfinger
- A Songwriting and recording session with ARIA Award Winners Bernard Fanning and Ian Haug.
- A Golden ticket +1 to all publicly ticketed concerts at The Fortitude Music Hall in 2020
TEG has also sold-out its bushfire relief concert in Sydney, with Queen & Adam Lambert headlining the show.
Fire Fight Australia is taking place on February 16, and includes a huge local contingent of Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, ICEHOUSE, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray and Tina Arena.