Due to COVID-19 pandemic, with all the concerts being canceled and local restaurants and bars being closed, many musicians have been left out of work.
Now Detroit is giving back to local musicians who have been struggling to stay afloat this year because of the pandemic.
Starting from August, events raised almost $431,000 for nearly 450 area musicians. About half of that money came from a grant arranged by Oakland County. With the help of a GoFundMe page, The Arts, Beats And Eats Musicians Fund raised approximately $83,000. $16,000 was generated from a drive-in concert weekend in Royal Oak.
Eminem’s Marshall Mathers Foundation, with Royce Da 5’9″ as a board director, contributed $25,000.
“It was incredible to have the opportunity to collaborate with local musicians, to actually get live shows going in 2020 and help people who have really had their careers slammed to a halt. There is definitely a sense of optimism for mid to late summer of 2021. It is rough right now, but we are celebrating the chance to do some good, and we have hope for getting live music back in the community next year.” says Jon Witz , director of Arts, Beats & Eats