Here are some ways that the entertainment industry responds to the spread of the coronavirus that most people recover from, but which can cause serious illnesses in older people and people with pre-existing conditions.
CELEBS WRITE LARGE CONTROLS
Grammy-winning singer James Taylor and his wife Kim donated $ 1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus.
The gift announced on Tuesday will help the hospital use resources where the need is greatest, be it buying consumables and equipment, redeploying space, or promoting research into treatments and COVID prevention methods. 19, says a statement from the hospital.
Taylor, 72, is closely associated with the hospital. His father, Dr. Isaac Taylor, graduated in internal medicine, was chief physician and researched there. James Taylor was born there in 1948.
“There is no question that the New Englanders are proud to claim MGH as their hospital – our hospital – and this is especially true today given the threat of a new and insidious virus,” said Taylor in a statement. “Kim and I want to be part of this fight. We were so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of healthcare heroes in the trenches who work so hard to protect us all. “
The gift will support the hospital’s Emergency Response Fund, which was set up in response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 to provide flexible resources that can be quickly deployed to meet immediate needs.
The Taylors aren’t the only ones opening their wallets. Dee and Jimmy Haslam, the owners of Columbus Crew SC and Cleveland Browns, have pledged to donate $ 1.5 million to several coronavirus relief funds in Ohio. And football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, each donated 1 million euros.
JACKSON BROWNE POSITIVELY CHECKS
Jackson Browne tested positive for COVID-19.
The Rock Hall of Fame candidate is currently recovering at his Los Angeles home. He first told Rolling Stone magazine and the news was confirmed by The Associated Press through his representatives.
“My symptoms are really fairly mild, so I don’t need any medication, let alone hospitalization or anything like that,” he tells the magazine.
The 71-year-old musician isn’t sure where he got it from, but he suspected that his recent trip to New York might have been the source of the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit. This advantage included Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.
MONEY FOR BROADWAY WORKERS
Financial relief is on the way to Broadway actors and workers.
More than 20 Broadway producers are offering a $ 1 million Challenge Match to double the impact of their donations. The Actors’ Equity Association will donate $ 500,000 to launch a new fund and will raise an additional $ 250,000 in contributions from other donors, dollar for dollar.
The producers – including Broadway heavy hitters Marc Platt, Daryl Roth, David Stone, Jeffrey Seller and Scott Rudin – have pledged their donation to the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
Actors’ Equity, the national union representing professional actors and stage managers, announced the establishment of the Actors’ Equity Emergency Curtain Up Fund and granted The Actors’ Fund a grant to support vulnerable members for lost work due to COVID -19.
ATLANTA OPERA MAKES ITS PART
Atlanta Opera provides its costume and wardrobe stores to make face masks and protective clothing for nearby hospitals.
Costume director Joanna Schmink prototyped a face mask this week, and the company said Wednesday that local hospitals will provide surgical sheets for use as a fabric. Tomer Zvulun, the general and artistic director, said the opera house is closed, but his staff want to help.
“The simple idea is to bring them together and use the incredible skills of our people and the equipment we have to make garments that are urgently needed for the medical community,” he said in a video. “This is not rocket science. It is a very simple idea. “
APOLLO AMATEUR NIGHT GOES ONLINE
The amateur night of the Apollo Theater, the famous high-pressure crucible through which countless artists have gone, goes online for the time being.
The non-profit theater in Harlem announced on Wednesday that it will only audition online filings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants can submit 5-minute clips to perform later this summer or to fall on the Apollo stage.
The Apollo started three years ago to include online submissions in its auditions. The amateur night has been a mainstay of Apollo since 1934. It offers breakthroughs to artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Jackson 5 and Lauryn Hill.