South Korean boy band BTS, which is also known as Bangtan Boys and Big Hit Entertainment made a sizeable donation of $1 million towards the support of concert crews that have had a hard time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Korean pop stars together with their management company felt it urgent to offer their support to concert crews, which is why they made the donation to the Live Nation’s charity campaign, Crew Nation, which helps live show staff who are out of work due to cancelled events.
Live Nation launched Crew Nation in March with initial donations of $10 million to help over 1,000 concert crew members. Some were scheduled to work on the BTS “Map of the Soul” Tour, which was postponed in April as result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“If it weren’t for COVID-19, we would have been happily touring across the world with many of our live concert crews by now,” the K-pop superstars said in a statement. “We are aware that a lot of communities need help due to COVID-19, and we wanted to support the music industry crews by making a donation. We hope to meet again on stage very soon.”
BTS and Big Hit Entertainment offer a helping hand to concert crews with $1 million donation
The coronavirus has caused many management companies including entertainers across the world to put a hold on many events such as concerts and tours which has left many without work making it difficult for them to earn a living. Backstreet Boys recently too, cancelled their tour, promising their fans a comeback once the pandemic situation is handled.
The Crew Nation campaign will help over 1,000 concert crew members, and workers of all nationalities can apply. That includes more than 70 crew members who were scheduled to work at BTS shows during the group’s massive Map of the Soul Tour.
The trek was set to hit largely sold-out stadiums across South Korea, North America, Europe and Japan. BTS postponed the entire run in late April. The donation comes after BTS donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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