LEONARDO DICAPRIO, OPRAH WINFREY & MORE LAUNCH CORONAVIRUS FUND – (04/03/2020)
Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey and Laurene Powell Jobs are partnering on a multi-million fund to help those most affected by COVID-19. DiCaprio and Powell Jobs each donated $5 million, Apple donated $5 million, and Winfrey and the Ford Foundation donated $1 million apiece.
Dubbed America’s Food Fund, it will work jointly with established food relief nonprofits World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.
In a statement, DiCaprio said: “In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need. I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support.”
In a statement Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America said: “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 37 million people in this country did not have consistent access to nutritious meals—including 11 million children and 5.5 million seniors. These numbers are quickly rising, and it is critical that we rally together as a nation to support our neighbors during this time of great need.”
The Fund launched a GoFundMe page that explained its ethos: “In neighborhoods and communities around the country, hunger is an issue that people, including families and children, face every day. Our most vulnerable populations — children who are out of school and rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and individuals facing job disruptions — face great barriers to receiving safe and consistent access to meals.”
Winfrey is doing more than contribute $1 million to one fund though. She is also donating an additional $9 million to other relief efforts across the country.
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SONY ESTABLISHES $100M COVID-19 FUND: Sony Corp. has launched a $100 million fund for coronavirus. Titled the Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19, they will target three main areas: healthcare providers, children and educators and creatives who have been affected. According to Deadline, SPE Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra sent his employees a memo writing: “Our Corporate Social Responsibility team is working closely with Sony Corp to determine the best path forward for distributing funds in the entertainment space. As you have all seen, the need for support during this crisis is unprecedented, and we are exploring several options, looking for ideas — with existing relief organizations, SPE partners, and our own executives internally — to determine what will have the most meaningful impact. We will update everyone as soon as possible on our distribution plans and how employees can participate in the matching gift program.”
KESHA POSTPONES HIGH ROAD TOUR DUE TO COVID-19: Kesha announced that her High Road tour is being postponed due to COVID-19. In a message posted to social media, she apologized to fans and promised to reschedule for later this year. The trek was supposed to kick off April 23rd in Sugar Land, Texas. Kesha advised fans to hold on to their tickets as information on new dates will be announced soon.
LAUV DROPS ACOUSTIC VERSION OF ‘MODERN LONELINESS’ TO BENEFIT CRISIS RELIEF EFFORTS – (04/03/2020)
Lauv has dropped an acoustic version of his single “Modern Loneliness” to help benefit Partners in Health pandemic relief efforts.
“Modern Loneliness” was written as both a statement and a commentary on society and our relationships with social media, where we are increasingly “alone together.” In addition to taking part in live-streams with Global Citizen and Twitch, Lauv also held an at-home live-stream concert on his YouTube channel and raised an additional $12k after matching every dollar that was raised. In total between the merch bundle and livestreams, Lauv has raised over $30k so far.
All future streams and revenue from the acoustic “Modern Loneliness” will be going to the relief efforts as well.
Lauv performed the single on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America. The track is off his 21-track debut album ~how i’m feeling~ that was released on March 6th and has been streamed over 100 million times since its release and had a Top 20 chart debut around the world, including in the U.S., UK, Australia and Canada.
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