All in WA, a collective of nonprofits, public officials, business leaders and philanthropic groups, has announced an online concert with Washington heavy-hitters as a fundraiser for COVID-19 relief work in the state.
According to the Seattle Times, the concert lineup includes Chewelah’s Allen Stone and Seattle hometown favorites Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Russell Wilson and Ciara, Pete Carroll, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Joel McHale, the Black Tones and Mary Lambert.
The concert, backed by Amazon, will livestream on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A recording of the benefit will be available on Amazon Prime after airing.
As of last week, All in WA had raised $20 million of its $65 million goal, and the advisory board will decide how to distribute the contributions, which will be awarded as grants to nonprofits in the state.
The All in WA website says groups that will receive donations include organizations focused on youth homelessness, food security and assisting small businesses and undocumented workers. Donations can be made at allinwa.org.
According to the Times, the $20 million raised so far includes contributions by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft Corp., the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Howard and Sheri Schultz, Nick and Leslie Hanauer, the Ballmer Group, Jim and Jan Sinegal and the Perigee Fund.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also has pledged to match individual donations under $1 million up to a total of $25 million.
“Washington state was at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our state will be at the forefront of a safe recovery,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a news release. “All in WA is helping to fill the gaps in funding across the state to provide relief to those who are suffering and to lay the groundwork to restart our economy in a safe, supported and sensible way.”
The boom in livestream fundraising has raised millions of dollars for coronavirus relief efforts locally, nationally and globally.
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