Listen to live music at home and support the people of Afghanistan along the way.
There’s no way around it – the news this week has been quite grim. But, musicians around Melbourne are striving to make a positive difference in the world and you can help them. For one night only, these musicians will collaborate to produce an evening of live music in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. This live-stream benefit event, Artists For Afghanistan, can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. It will kick off on Saturday August 21, starting from 8pm on Instagram. Then, all the funds raised will be donated to charities that will provide immediate aid.
Artists For Afghanistan
This live stream benefit event was created by George Carroll Wilson, the artist behind Pollyman. After facing a multitude of cancelled gigs because of COVID, Wilson wanted to perform live for the local community while encouraging donations to a cause in dire need of support.
“Music has always been an amazing tool to share feelings and raise awareness for important issues,” he said. “And this will hopefully join the tradition of shows that have helped a good cause.”
All participating artists will raise funds through PayPal. Then, these funds will be given to charities that will provide immediate aid to people in Afghanistan facing adversity, violence and displacement.
These charities are:
- Afghan Aid
- Islamic Relief
- International Rescue Committee
- Afghan Women and Children Jalala Foundation
- Enabled Children Initiative
To donate on the night, simply follow this link.
Of course, you can also choose a charity to donate to directly.
The musicians participating in Artists For Afghanistan are: Pollyman, Gabriella Cohen, Hollie Joyce, Fenn Wilson, Chitra and Jasper Jolly (Bones and Jones). Each artist will perform live on their Instagram accounts for 15 minutes. After that, they will tag-team the next artist in the line-up.
They will perform at the following times:
- 8-8:15pm – Jasper Jolly (Bones and Jones)
- 8:15-8:30pm – Chitra
- 8:30-8:45pm – Fenn Wilson
- 8:45-9pm – Hollie Joyce
- 9-9:15pm – Pollyman
- 9:15-9:30pm – Gabriella Cohen