DENVER, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally acclaimed Denver band The Lumineers have tallied over $600,000 in donations thus far resulting from their recent "Colorado Gives Back" live stream concert to benefit restaurant and music industry workers impacted by COVID-19.
The live streaming event was broadcast on The Lumineers YouTube Channel and featured an all-star lineup including The Lumineers, OneRepublic, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff, as well as special guests including legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (USA Ski Team), former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and current Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
"Colorado Gives Back" was created to benefit and bring awareness to individuals in the national music community as well as those in the Colorado restaurant services industry who have lost their income and revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations will be directed to the Colorado Restaurant Association and to the Recording Academy's MusiCares, which has a partnership with the SPOTIFY COVID-19 MUSIC RELIEF project, and the Colorado Restaurant Association. Through the SPOTIFY COVID-19 MUSIC RELIEF project, Spotify matched all donations, dollar-for-dollar to MusiCares.
"Proud to call Colorado my home for the last 10 years, and so grateful to every person who tuned in and donated," said Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers. "Thank you to all the Colorado-based musicians, athletes, politicians, and chefs who took part in this fundraiser and special thanks to Spotify and MusiCares. With your help we came together to see that Colorado Gives Back."
While Colorado Gives Back is over, the work is not. The event is still viewable on YouTube and the link to donate is still active. In addition, T-shirts commemorating Colorado Gives Back are available for purchase here with all profits going to the two Colorado Gives Back charities.
A portion of the funds collected from Colorado Gives Back will be focused specifically on providing assistance to Colorado-based music industry professionals who have lost work due to COVID-19. For more information on eligibility please visit the MusiCares COVID19 Relief Fund FAQ page here.
Activist Artist Management produced the event which was hosted by eTown's Nick Forster and Bret Saunders from KBCO in Denver. The live stream included performances by The Lumineers, OneRepublic, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Isaac Slade of The Fray, as well as special guests including former Governor John Hickenlooper and exclusive videos from legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin (USA Ski Team), professional athletes from the Rockies, The Avalanche, The Nuggets, The Rapids, and The Mammoth and current Colorado Governor Jared Polis.
"Colorado Gives Back" sponsors included: State of Colorado, VISIT DENVER, Visible, Toyota, Lyft, Odell Brewing Co., Tito's Handmade Vodka, Triumph Motorcycles, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, KBCO, Spotify, eTown, and AEG Rocky Mountain.
CHARITY PARTNER INFO:
In recent weeks, COVID-19 has devastated our music community, leaving thousands of music creators and professionals without work and an uncertain future. But we have the power to help. The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
COLORADO RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
All of us at the Colorado Restaurant Association want to express our concern for the situation faced by so many in our restaurant and hospitality community. We are committed to working together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We are working to support restaurant and hospitality workers with financial assistance and access to a COVID-19 specific hub of support services that provide Federal, state, and community resources for housing, transportation, mental health, medical, childcare assistance support and more.
SPOTIFY COVID-19 MUSIC RELIEF
This project has been created to amplify the efforts of eighteen global organizations that focus on helping those most in need. Spotify is making a donation to these organizations and will match donations made via this page dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million.
About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating 111 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is Denver's official marketing arm responsible for promoting the city as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A total of 17.3 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2018, generating $5.6 billion in spending, while supporting more than 60,000 jobs, making Tourism one of the largest industries in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Denver International Airport (DEN; flydenver.com) connects The Mile High City to more than 200 destinations worldwide. Follow Denver's social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/visitdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.
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