Positive Legacy Announces Virtual Variety Show Fundraiser to Benefit Music’s Support Crews Impacted by COVID-19

With the music community hit especially hard during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not just out-of-work artists who are suffering. Support staff like tour managers, lighting designers, sound engineers, roadies, and more are also struggling to survive with few avenues open to them for financial relief. In solidarity with all the professionals who make live music happen, Positive Legacy announced a Virtual Variety Show that premiers Monday, May 11, at 8 p.m. EDT on their Facebook and YouTube pages to raise funds for those in need of assistance.

This bi-weekly event will offer quality entertainment ranging from goofy silliness like stupid human tricks, skits, acrobatic feats and game shows to useful how-tos such as cooking demos, drink-making tips, dances and much more. The Virtual Variety Show’s first episode features fishing tips with Larry Keel, an Indian rice-cooking demo with Chef Archna Malhotra Becker and the Dave Matthews Band’s Jeff Coffin, Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson and his fiancée Megan Letts doing a makeup couples content, a tune from members of The Motet, and more.

Larry Keel

With “variety” the optimal word here, the show will be hosted by Positive Legacy’s Vice President Seth Weiner (a.k.a. Your Rocktioneer™), with each episode featuring a number of different segments by well-known artists. Some segments may even become a regular thing, making periodic appearances. Tips will be solicited and entered into the fundraising pot for the Positive Legacy COVID-19 Relief Fund – Helping Those Who Make Live Music Events Happen effort that was launched on April 23 to help out-of-work music crews. You can click here to make a donation at any time.

Positive Legacy Vice President Seth Weiner and President Jess Gries. Photo by Dave Vann

So far, Positive Legacy has distributed $15,000 in micro-grants to 60 deserving individuals. “Unfortunately, there are many more qualified gig workers on the waiting list, so we need your help to raise additional funds to be able to support as many of these requests as possible!” the fundraiser’s organizers said in a press release.

Positive Legacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit begun in 2010 that works in conjunction with Jam Cruise organizers Cloud 9 Adventures to integrate live music and service by taking actions that positively impact people and the environment in destinations visited by the cruise like Belize, Roatan and Mexico. In addition to the Virtual Variety Show, Positive Legacy hosts unreleased Jam Cruise shows in collaboration with Cloud 9 Adventures every Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT as well as provides re-streams of varying festival footage on alternating Monday evenings.

Photo Courtesy of Jam Cruise 17. Photo Credit: Dave Vann

To find out how you can help and for more information on Positive Legacy, click on the links below.

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