On Thursday, May 14th, The Jazz Foundation of America will livestream an event, titled #TheNewGig, in support of artists through its COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund.
The event will feature artists such as Sheryl Crow, Jon Batiste, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Robert Cray, Milton Nascimento, Stanley Jordan, Davell Crawford, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kim Wilson, and Ivan Neville, among others.
#TheNewGig will also air “memorable archival performances from the organization’s annual fundraiser, A Great Night In Harlem,” according to a press release. Additionally, actor/comedian Keegan-Michael Key, best known from his show Key & Peele, will host the 2-hour event.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which the JFA established back in March to help affected musicians and families navigate the coronavirus crises.
“An entire community of artists who live gig to gig has gone from standstill to freefall, financially speaking, but their music has continued to give us solace and comfort in quarantine,” said JFA executive director Joe Petrucelli in a statement to Rolling Stone. He continued, “Support for #TheNewGig and the COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund offers them direct assistance and creates a sense of solidarity and hope in a time of despair and uncertainty.”
The event will be broadcasted live on the Relix YouTube page starting at 8:00 p.m. ET, with a rebroadcast immediately following at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fans will be able to rewatch the event for a full 24-hours. For more information regarding the Jazz Foundation of America and its COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund, visit the organization’s website.