As the coronavirus pandemic continues and more concerts, tours and festivals are cancelled and postponed, bands and venues aren't the only ones facing financial hardship from the loss of income. Tour crew members, including tour and production managers, sound engineers, backline techs, lighting directors and others are also out of work for the foreseeable future. Live Nation launched a $10 million fund, Crew Nation, to support those crew members affected by the pandemic. It's being administered by the Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 nonprofit from the founders of House of Blues.

Live Nation contributed an initial $5 million to the fund, and they'll be matching additional donations up to $5 million more. You can donate, buy merch, or find out how to apply for aid through the Crew Nation site.

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Live music inspires millions around the world, but the concerts we all enjoy wouldn’t be possible without the countless crew members working behind the scenes. As COVID-19 puts concerts on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who depend on shows to make a living.

Crew Nation was created to do just that.

Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry, and we hope you’ll join us in supporting them through this temporary intermission until we can once again unite millions around the world through the power of live music. Crew Nation is powered by Music Forward Foundation, a charitable 501c3 organization, that will be administering the fund.

Live Nation has committed $10 million to Crew Nation – contributing an initial $5 million to the fund, then matching the next $5 million given by artists, fans and employees dollar for dollar.

Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at a show again soon.

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