The National and Soccer Mommy have announced initiatives to fundraise for their band and crew now that their respective tours have been postponed due to concerns around the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The National have made a commitment to direct all profits from their webstore and fan club enrollment to subsidizing lost wages for their 12 crew members, while Soccer Mommy will direct all proceeds from merch sales on a limited series of tour t-shirts and posters to its band and crew.
“Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together,” the National wrote in a statement. “As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our webstore, new Cherry Tree fan club enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability.”
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has led to countless canceled shows, tours, and festivals. Read “How Livestreaming Is Bridging the Gap Between Bands and Fans During the Coronavirus Outbreak” on the Pitch.
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