Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (13 May)


After a few days’ break, there’s another batch of positive news to report around the industry’s Covid-19 relief efforts.

Last night’s ‘Rise Up New York!’ telethon, featuring artists including Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Barbra Streisand, raised $115m for non-profit organisations working in and around Covid-19 relief.

There’s also news of a three-day YouTube streaming event called ‘Prince and the Revolution: Live’ starting on Thursday (14 May) based on concert footage from 1985. Viewer donations will go to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and members of Prince’s band at the time will do a Q&A before the YouTube premiere.

More video-related news comes from Bon Iver’s partnership with charity Direct Relief to premiere the video for their new track ‘PDLIF (Please Don’t Live In Fear)’ on its website. 100% of the proceeds from the track will go to Direct Relief’s Covid-19 efforts, including protective gear for frontline health workers.

On a similar note, Post Malone’s Shaboink CBD brand is also working with Direct Relief, and has donated 40,000 protective masks to healthcare workers.


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Written by: Stuart Dredge