ELEKTRA GIVES BACK & ATLANTA’S CENTER STAGE HOST “FEED THE CREW!” FOOD DRIVE
Elektra Gives Back and Atlanta's Center Stage have teamed up with Musically Fed to host the “Feed The Crew!” holiday food drive on Friday December 11, 2020. The contactless, drive-through event benefits Atlanta music industry professionals affected by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic and touring shutdown. According to NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association, the Independent Venue and Promoter Industry is experiencing 95% revenue loss, while 95% of employees are furloughed and 90% of venues are at risk of bankruptcy. Elektra Gives Back recently launched as a philanthropic, employee-led resource group at Elektra Music Group, and “Feed The Crew!” will be its first, official charitable undertaking. Musically Fed is a 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated to mobilizing the music industry in the fight against hunger by donating unused backstage meals to community organizations that feed the homeless, hungry and food insecure. Since the pandemic, Musically Fed has shifted their focus to taking care of those in the music industry who are out of work without live events. ENTERCOM has signed on as the radio partner for the charitable event.
Adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines, safety requirements, and social distancing protocols, “Feed The Crew!” is scheduled to run 10am-6pm on December 11 at Center Stage (1374 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309). During this time, volunteers will accept donations of non-perishable foods to be distributed among the local music and production community responsible for live gigs in the area. Those interested in donating may pull into the garage free of charge and leave their items with staff. For completely contactless drop off, industry volunteers can alternately pick up items from your trunk. A list of items suggested for donation can be found below. Donations are set to be distributed the following Friday by Musically Fed.
As organizer for “Feed The Crew!”, Elektra Music Group Regional Director of Promotion Darrin Schnur said, “Music fans aren’t the only ones who miss live shows and concerts. Tens of thousands of support staff who bring these shows to life are missing them just as much, and they are in need of a lifeline right now. When COVID-19 put the touring business on pause, box office employees, stagehands, caterers, lighting and sound design artists, production staff, and security teams lost their chief source of income, struggling to keep food on the table. We couldn’t just sit by, so Elektra Gives Back joined forces with Musically Fed to help out our friends and family who make concerts happen. If you’re in Atlanta, we hope to see you on December 11. If not, please donate what you can. Hopefully, we’ll all be back in the crowd soon.”
Josh Antenucci from Center Stage adds, “2020 has been unimaginably hard on the workforce that makes live music happen. The pandemic response has prevented our workers the opportunity to work, earn and provide for themselves and their families. As the holidays approach, we are honored to partner with Elektra Gives Back and be able to work for our crews and help put food on the tables of those in most need.”
Musically Fed Founder Maria Brunner concludes, “Musically Fed is excited to partner with Center Stage to help raise much needed food items for gig workers...the staff people who are the life blood of making concerts happen. They are usually the givers, helping so much in the Atlanta Community. Now it is time to help them.”
Online donations may be submitted to Musically Fed - a $10 donation provides 5 meals! Event information and details are enclosed below.
Be on the lookout for more announcements from Elektra Gives Back.
SUGGESTED DONATION ITEMS
Pasta and pasta sauce
ELEKTRA GIVES BACK PRESENTS “FEED THE CREW!” WITH CHARITY PARTNER MUSICALLY FED Event Date: Friday, December 11th Time: 10am – 6pm ET Location: Center Stage (1374 West Peachtree Street. Atlanta, GA 30309) ABOUT CENTER STAGE / RIVAL ENTERTAINMENT Rival Entertainment has produced concerts and festivals in Atlanta since 2004 and presents many of Atlanta’s most acclaimed live events. Rival is based in Midtown Atlanta at the iconic Center Stage Theater, built in 1966 to honor Atlanta’s performing arts community and celebrating over five decades hosting live performances. Today, the facility features three diverse venues: the historic Center Stage Theater, The Loft, an industrial live music and event space and Vinyl, a staple in Atlanta's local music scene. www.centerstage-atlanta.com ABOUT MUSICALLY FED In the United States alone, nearly 40% of the food supply is wasted each year. The mission of Musically Fed is to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger. Musically Fed works with artists, promoters, management and venues nationwide to donate unused backstage meals to community organizations that feed the homeless, hungry and food insecure. Musically Fed identifies the opportunities, procures the resources, and coordinates all aspects of food handling, transport, and distribution. Their daily goal is to make it easy for promoters and performers to leave each city they visit with a lasting positive impact. Over the past four years, their Phoenix-based non-profit has provided meals to thousands in need across America. ABOUT ELEKTRA MUSIC GROUP Launched in 2018 as a standalone music company within Warner Music Group, Elektra Music Group (EMG) comprises Elektra Records, Fueled By Ramen, and Roadrunner Records as well as key strategic partnerships and alliances with some of most influential musicians in the world. EMG was born out of the legendary Elektra Records label founded by Jac Holzman in 1950. Preserving an outlier spirit of independence and entrepreneurial excellence, the label’s structure inspires similar creative innovation. Across its subsidiaries, EMG’s dynamic and diverse roster consists of Brandi Carlile, Coheed and Cambria, Fitz and the Tantrums, Gojira, The Highwomen, KALEO, Korn, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Slipknot, Tones And I, Twenty One Pilots, and others. ABOUT ELEKTRA GIVES BACK Elektra Gives Back is an official Employee Resource Group of Elektra Music Group. With a focus on community and charity, it serves as a platform for the team to uphold and support important causes and organizations in an effort to improve the world at large. Elektra Gives Back sprang into action in 2020.