Metallica to donate $350,000 to various COVID-19 relief efforts

Metallica, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, All Within My Reach

Metallica performs at the All Within My Hands concert and auction at the Masonic in San Francisco on Nov. 11, 2018. Courtesy.

Metallica on Thursday announced that it would be donating a total of $350,000 through its All Within My Hands Foundation to four relief efforts as the world battles to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“The most vulnerable people in our communities need help now more than ever,” the band said in a news release. “We know this is the hardest of times for many of you, but if you would like to support any of these organizations, please feel free reach out directly to our incredibly dedicated partners as the needs are very wide-ranging; every dollar helps.”

The four groups receiving the funds are Feeding America, Direct Relief, Live Nation’s “Crew Nation” and the USBG National Charity Foundation.

Feeding America’s recently launched COVID-19 Response Fund supports local food banks reacting to the specific needs of communities. Many food banks are currently understaffed because of national shelter-in-place requirements, as well as a lack of volunteers, donations and food distribution assistance from their normal channels.

Direct Relief is working in 22 countries, providing more than 40 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers on the front lines. The organization has plans to expand its efforts as the secondary effects of this pandemic on the healthcare system become more evident. Direct Relief works across global and national agencies like the World Health Organization, the U.S. Deptartment of Health and Human Services, the CDC, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), state offices of emergency management and more.

Crew Nation, meanwhile, benefits the thousands of people who play a role in staging Live Nation concerts and tours. “As COVID-19 puts the entire live music industry on pause, we want to extend a helping hand to the touring and venue crews who make their living show-to-show,” the band wrote. Live Nation has committed $5 million to the fund, and will match the next $5 million donated by artists, fans and anyone else.

The USBG National Charity Foundation is supporting hospitality industry workers—employees of restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, bars and other food and beverage providers, many of whom are currently out of work. Specifically, Metallica has pledged $50,000 to the organizations Bartender Emergency Assistance Program to assist bartenders, bar backs, and bar servers in need of financial assistance. The band has its own whiskey brand, Blackened.

Additionally, the band has launched the “Metallica Mondays” streaming series. Each Monday at 5 p.m. PST, the band is streaming a full concert from its archives via Facebook Live and YouTube. Fans watching the concerts have donated $15,000 to AWMH.

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