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Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (17 April)


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Start today with David Guetta’s plans for a ‘United at Home‘ fundraising livestream from Miami this Saturday. The two-hour set will be streamed on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch, with four separate nonprofit organisations working on Covid-19 relief to benefit. Continue with news in the UK that British labels together with the Brit Awards, Amazon Music and PPL are donating £1.5m to relief for musicians, including £1.25m for the Help Musicians charity.

In Ireland, meanwhile, industry body IRMA and collecting society IMRO, together with Spotify, are funding hardship grants for Irish musicians.

Back in the US, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation has created a $1m emergency fund for jazz musicians in the New York Metropolitan Area – one of the hotspots for Covid-19 infections in the US – while musicians including Drake, Justin Bieber and Meek Mill are putting experiences up for auction in the All-In Challenge fundraising initiative. Bieber will fly to a fan’s home to perform a song, while Drake will fly a fan out on his ‘Air Drake’ plane to spend the weekend with him (obviously, in both cases, when social-distancing measures are relaxed).

Finally, this morning European indie body Impala is encouraging music fans to buy online from record stores this weekend, as part of the #LoveRecordStores campaign that’s filling the gap left by the postponement from this weekend of Record Store Day.

 

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Stuart Dredge

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