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Avicii Birthday Tribute For Mental Health Awareness Takes Over SiriusXM's BPM Channel
Today, SiriusXM and The Tim Bergling Foundation have teamed up to announce "BPM Presents: Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness" will kick off Sept. 8 in honor of Avicii's birthday and during Suicide Prevention Week. The takeover of SiriusXM's BPM channel will benefit MusiCares and Vibrant Health's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and feature specialty programming, including one never-before-heard Avicii set from 2016, as well as tracks from the 2019 Avicii Tribute Concert in the beloved DJ/producer's hometown of Stockholm, Sweden.
Klas Bergling, Tim's father, will sit down for an exclusive interview to discuss Tim's life and music and the mission of the Foundation, which is to prevent suicide and remove the stigma attached to mental illness.
"Anki and I want to thank Geronimo and SiriusXM for their continued support of Tim's music and for taking this time to put a spotlight on the global issue of mental health," said Klas Bergling. "We want to encourage Tim's fans and all young people to know that they are not alone. It's important to talk to someone, a friend or family member or workmate. There is help for any emotional struggle they or their friends may have."
The take-over will also feature music from Avicii all weeklong and commentary from artists including Sandro Cavazza, Aloe Blacc, Zak Abel, Armin van Buuren, Nile Rogers, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Bonn, Joe Janiak and Diplo discussing Avicii, as well as sharing personal stories about Tim, his music and their experience with mental illness. Additionally, the channel takeover will include a special broadcast of Avicii's SiriusXM Town Hall from 2013.
"SiriusXM championed Avicii from his start and we hope his fans will join us in celebrating him and his music as we take this special week to premiere a never-before-heard set, play music spanning his career, and hear about the importance of mental health wellness from those who knew him best," said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM's President and Chief Content Officer. "We are honored to work with The Tim Bergling Foundation to spotlight the issue of mental health, while also celebrating Avicii's legacy through his music."
Programming will also feature John Draper, PHD, Executive Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, who will share advice and resources on SiriusXM's Doctor Radio for listeners experiencing emotional distress or struggling with thoughts of suicide.
"The loss of Tim was personal for me," said Geronimo, SiriusXM's Vice President of Dance and EDM Programming. "Tim was my friend and like many fans around the world, I was excited to watch his career grow exponentially. I'm honored to work with his father, Klas and his family, to bring awareness to mental health and how asking for help is equally as important as the world has changed so quickly due to the pandemic, this topic is more crucial now than ever."
Listeners can experience BPM Presents: Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness Week starting on Tuesday, September 8 at 12:00 pm ET through Sunday, September 13 at 9:00pm ET on SiriusXM radios (channel 51) and on the SiriusXM app.