Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (26 May)


Our positivity story has taken a little break, but we’d like to get it up and running again (as ever: send us your stories or tips about Covid-19 relief fundraising or activism supporting music companies and people!). Today we’ve got a few artist-focused fundraising stories to tell you about. Australian band Powderfinger’s reunion livestream raised an impressive AU$460k (around $302k) for local charities. You can rewatch the gig on YouTube here. Elsewhere, Better than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin has raised $130k from his ‘Alone Together’ living-room livestreams for a range of charities offering Covid-19 relief. “Musicians aren’t alone. All of us are hurting. But I think the fans have been stepping up and showing their support, certainly during these charitable endeavours,” he told Forbes. In the UK, meanwhile, the Tim’s Twitter Listening Party #BrokenRecord Appeal hit its £5k fundraising target this weekend – it’s currently at nearly £6.7k. Finally, a different kind of support: artists may want to check out the Artist Lockdown Challenge, launched by Bas Grasmayer of Music X Tech x Future. Starting on 1 June, it’ll set artists a daily assignment to help them grow their online audience and make money.


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Stuart Dredge

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