The terrible events at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas have sparked plenty of responses from within the music industry.
Country star Jason Aldean, who was on-stage as the mass-shooting began, posted on Instagram. “Tonight has been beyond horrific… It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night,” he wrote.
Live Nation was the company behind the festival, and its CEO Michael Rapino tweeted that “our hearts are with the victims in Las Vegas, their families and loved ones who are grieving this morning and to our @LiveNation employees”.
The company later put out a full statement promising to “do everything in our power to support the victims and their families through the aftermath of this horrendous event”.
From the RIAA (“We are devastated; our hearts heavy. We stand together as a community in mourning,” said boss Cary Sherman) to Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta (“None of us are untouched by this hate. It must stop.”) and SoundExchange (“Music should be used to bring joy, not evil”) the sentiments were similar across the board.
There is already a Music City Cares fund established last night by the country-music community, with 100% of donations going to immediate and long-term needs of victims and their families.