While many i the music industry have been greatly affected by the cancellations of events, album releases, and more, Beatport ReConnect stepped up to host a 34-hour live stream to raise money for those in need.
Beginning on Friday, March 27th, artists and DJs including Carl Cox, Bonobo, Pete Tong, Nina Kraviz, Griz, RÜFÜS DU SOL, A-Trak, Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebing, ANNA, Nora En Pure, and other renowned talent performed from their homes in an attempt to connect with the dance community during these unprecedented times.
In partnership with Twitch, the stream raised more than $180,000 for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the AFEM Members’ COVID-19 Hardship Fund. The monies will be sent to companies in an effort to retain lower-earning workers who would otherwise be let go, as well as to individuals in urgent need of financial assistance.
“We are deeply grateful for all the talented artists and their teams that made the ReConnect event possible, and equally impressed with the dedication and passion shown by the global electronic music community that tuned in for over 34 hours this past weekend to reconnect with their favorite DJs,” commented Robb McDaniels, Beatport’s CEO. “The generosity of our entire community, including so many great industry partners that donated products to give away, is what resulted in a large donation to two non-profits that can ensure the health and stability of our world and our industry in the months to come.” See some of the sets here.
For reliable scientific information regarding the current Corona Virus outbreak, feel free to visit the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation website. And Beatport ReConnect donations are still being taken here.