Metallica in 2018
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Metallica Launch Month Of Giving, Asking Fans To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts Together
Yesterday, May 5, Metallica and their All Within My Hands foundation announced their plans for a "Month Of Giving." For the past two years, the GRAMMY-winning rock group typically hosts a national Day of Service this month with the foundation, so in lieu of being able to gather volunteers in person, they've chosen four charities to fundraise for.
"Inspired by today's #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global date of giving in response to the global need caused by COVID-19, we're going to spotlight four organizations we're supporting throughout this crisis," drummer Lars Ulrich said in the below video statement.
"Each week this month, we will share with you what these organizations do and show you how you can chip in to help. We'll be contributing proceeds from special weekly featured merchandise in the Metallica store and continuing to donate funds raised during the #MetallicaMondays streaming concerts."
The org they've selected for this week is national food bank network Feeding America. The three other non-profits they've selected are Crew Nation, a fund to support out-of-work music crews, the United States Bartenders Guild, whose Emergency Assistance Program is helping in-need bar staff, and Direct Relief, an org providing essential safety equipment to frontline healthcare workers in 22 countries. According to their website, AWMH is offering grants totaling $350,000 to these four important charities.
Additionally, their Monday concert stream series has already raised $15,000 and they will continue to fundraise with it as they roll out more archival concerts.
Launched a month ago, #MetallicaMondays brings one of the band's hard-rocking shows from the vault to stream on their YouTube and Facebook pages. The most recent show, posted on May 4, is from a 2016 concert in London, while the previous week's is all the way back from 1991 in Muskegon, Mich. Fans can enjoy all uploaded concerts at their leisure on either platform.
The "Enter Sandman" act also launched a SiriusXM channel for the month of May that will also dive into their rich concert archive to offer a "Virtual Metallica Tour" to their loyal fan base.
Back in January, the band and their foundation gave $750,000 AUD to support much-needed brushfire relief in Australia and asked fans to give what they can. In 2019, they offered $100,000 for wildfire relief as blazes tore through their homestate of California.