Musicians band together to raise money for Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief efforts

By Oxfam

Online benefit concert supports response work to protect and advocate for the most vulnerable people around the globe.

In trying times, music serves as a social glue. Even when we are far apart, distanced socially, and stuck in our homes, music can bring us together.

On Sunday, March 22, Oxfam musician friends Lucius and Courtney Barnett played an online concert to benefit Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The four-hour Instagram jam provided a much-needed distraction to thousands of people. Those who tuned into Lucius’s Instagram story were treated to special appearances from Sheryl Crow, Lukas Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Emily King, Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, Waxahatchee, The War on Drugs, Kevin Morby, Bedouine, and Fred Armisen, all of whom performed from their homes.

The evening was packed full of new song debuts, inspired cover versions, and hits. Thanks to their efforts, we received more than $38,000 in donations.

If you missed the show, you can still watch the recording on YouTube.

How is Oxfam responding to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Oxfam is working with our partners in 65 countries to determine the best way to respond to the crisis, especially given our expertise in public health, water, and sanitation. Many of our teams are increasing the delivery of soap, sanitation services including hand-washing facilities and clean water, especially to people in higher-risk areas.

Our teams are on the ground now, providing advice and support tailored to local languages and customs, and will be scaling up this work with your support.

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