Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (21 April)


Spotify has added more partners to its Covid-19 Music Relief project. Having started with donations to MusiCares, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians, it is now also donating to funds and charities in France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Brazil and Canada.

Meanwhile, David Guetta’s livestreamed concert at the weekend generated 9m views on Facebook and nearly 2m on YouTube, and more importantly raised $700k for Covid-19 relief.

Elsewhere, British collecting society PRS for Music is hosting LCKDWN, a livestream on Friday (24 April) to raise funds for the PRS Emergency Relief Fund. Katie Melua, Linda Perry, Nitin Sawhney, Nadia Rose, Joy Crookes and KT Tunstall will be among the 48 musicians beaming in.

Hats off to independent label B-Unique too, which has become the first corporate sponsor of Fuel Our Frontline, a UK campaign providing groceries to frontline staff working in the National Health Service (NHS). B-Unique is funding a week’s worth of deliveries.

Middle Eastern streaming service Anghami is providing $3m of free audio ads to small businesses in its region and a further $1.5m of credits for independent artists to promote their music on its platform.

And finally back in the UK, the BBC’s Radio 1 is recording a celeb-stuffed cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ to raise money for charities, while also launching a pair of new projects to help children stuck at home to be creative with music.

Stuart Dredge

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