In a time where there is so much to be sad about, we must celebrate the actions of some of music’s top philanthropists in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Lady Gaga partnered up with Global Citizen and raised a total of $34 million (£28 million) for the World Health Organisation. This will go towards providing PPE for health workers and developing vaccines. In addition to this she has organised One World: Together At Home; a World Health Organisation benefit concert which will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. Featuring artists include Billie Eilish, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. The benefit concert will be streamed live on April 18th. The BBC One (in the UK) will be showing highlights the following day
Rihanna’s non-profit organisation Clara Lionel announced last month that it will be donating $5 million to Partner’s in Health, Direct Relief, Feeding America, International Rescue Committee, World Health Organisation and the country of Barbados in efforts to battle coronavirus. She has also pledged $1 million to Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation in efforts to support the more vulnerable members of society including the homeless, incarcerated and undocumented members of society. Her generosity doesn’t end there; last week she, alongside twitter founder Jack Dorsey, will be donating $2.1 million to the Mayor’s Fund of Los Angeles to support victims of domestic abuse during lockdown.
The country singer has been known for her philanthropy for a long time now. Last week she took to Instagram to announce she will be donating $1 million to Vanderbilt to support their efforts to create a vaccine. She is also helping parents fight another another side effect of the virus; bored children. Parton has launched her own YouTube series ‘Goodnight With Dolly’ where she will be reading stories for children in hopes to inspire a love of reading and books. Her own passion for reading is what inspired her to start her charity Imagination Library which so far has donated 130 million books to children. She has also gifted her fans by releasing 93 of her classic songs on all streaming services.
Halsey announced on Instagram last week that she has donated 100,000 masks to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph, LAC+USC Medical Center and Martin Luther King JR Community Hospital.
This pandemic is a little more personal for Pink as the artist contracted the virus herself. The singer donated a total of $1 million with 50% going to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund and the other 50% going to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
The rapper teamed up with the brand Fashion Nova last week to give away $1000 every hour to her fans in need until they reach $1 million (May 20th). Cardi B told her instagram followers the fund is there so she can help “pay bills, feed your families and take care of your overall essential needs”.
Madonna has donated $1 million to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support research and help fund the creation of a vaccine.
Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson have started a ‘Meals Up’; a campaign supported by Feeding America to provide meals for those in need in Seattle. They donated 1 million meals and their campaign has now received over 10 million donations.