How musicians are contributing  during COVID-19

Allie Chiu, Staff Writer

All around the world the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on life as we know it. Musicians have aimed to ease stress and bring joy by offering contributing money or putting on online concerts for donations.

Every spring, high school seniors look forward to certain milestones; class trips, prom, and graduation. Unfortunately, in this time of social distancing, students are missing out on these rites of passage. Some celebrities have worked together to give students some semblance of normalcy. John Krasinski, better known as Jim Halpert in the TV sitcom The Office, put together an online prom with the help of some high profile musicians including Chance the Rapper, Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell, and the Jonas Brothers. 

While they sang and danced, other artists have been making a difference by  participating in their own “All In Challenge.” This challenge donates money to food banks all over the world such as No Kid Hungry, Meals on Wheels, Americas Food Funding, and many more.

Many musicians are doing this “All In Challenge” including Drake, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, etc. Every artist has a different prize, as well as private shows, meet and greets, or dinner, these prizes make more people want to participate. They have raised $23,002,525 overall.  

Music festivals all over the world have been canceled, so artists have had to get creative and throw online festivals.  One of the biggest festivals right now is Global Citizen. This is where many big artists came together and sang on a live stream to raise donations for the World Health Organization.

With the call for social distancing, many concerts and tours have been canceled or postponed, including BTS, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Niall Horan, Billie Eilish, Chris Stapleton and many more. 

As the world knows, many people are having a hard time with work and making money during this pandemic. Low-end musicians are suffering because of the damage to there livelihood damage how they perform and make money. A way to help them is to support local record stores and donating money to an organization called MusiCares. MusiCares is collaborating with Spotify and the Record Academy, which is a nonprofit. Spotify also said it’s planning to roll out an optional fundraising feature for fans to give directly to artists without the streaming platform taking a cut. 

COVID-19 is creating history and, with your help, working together and staying inside will help tremendously with helping to end this awful pandemic. Donating any amount of money to any organization will make a change.