fbpx
x

The latest industry news to your inbox.

    

I'd like to hear about marketing opportunities

    

I accept IQ Magazine's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

video

Richard Branson plans Venezuela Aid Live concert

Sir Richard Branson has launched an appeal to raise $100m in funds to go towards “essential humanitarian aid” for Venezuelans

By Anna Grace on 15 Feb 2019

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has announced plans for a concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Venezuela and bring global attention to the Latin American country’s ongoing crisis.

Venezuela Aid Live will take place on 22 February in the Colombian city of Cúcuta on the Venezuelan border. The concert will feature a “fantastic line-up of top Latin American and global artists,” and will be available to watch by international audiences via a live stream.

In a video address, Branson announces that he aims to raise US$100 million through donations in six days to go towards securing essential humanitarian aid for Venezuelans.

“Venezuela is suffering. Not that long ago it was the wealthiest country in South America and now it is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the western hemisphere,” says Branson.

“Venezuela is suffering. Not that long ago it was the wealthiest country in South America and now it is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the western hemisphere”

“I know a thing or two about the music business, and I’m old enough to remember how George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh and Bob Geldof’s LiveAid moved the world to action,” says Branson.

The Virgin founder says he will help to organise “a beautiful concert to bring global attention to this unacceptable and preventable crisis, and raise funds for essential humanitarian aid.”

According to Branson, the concert comes in response to calls from Venezuela’s internationally-recognised interim president, Juan Guaidó, and opposition politician Leopoldo López.

The Nicolás Maduro-led Venezuelan government has ordered security forces to block humanitarian aid from entering the country, despite severe food and medicine shortages.

Information about the concert and instructions on how to make a donation can be found here.

 


Get more stories like this in your inbox by signing up for IQ Index, IQ’s free email digest of essential live music industry news.

More news

Venezuela border tensions following rival concerts Rival anti- and pro-regime concerts became the backdrop for rising tensions in Venezuela on Friday evening, with performances from Luis Fonsi and more
“How many concerts are they going to stage?”: Riva... The pro-regime Hands Off Venezuela concert will compete with Richard Branson's Venezuela Aid Live, as the latter is attacked by a characteristically...fiery Roger Waters
From reggaeton to trap: Behind the global Latin bo... The emergence of new crossover styles and growing audience familiarity with the Spanish language continue to drive demand for Latin music.
Audience flying blind at See Through Sound show Newton Faulkner, Badly Drawn Boy, Kevin Simm and more will don their sim specs for a London gig in aid of RNIB next month
American Pi: AI reimages Don McLean for Pi Day ‘We Started Singing’, inspired by ‘American Pie’, is one of 99,750^1,619,558 songs Amadeus Code's artificial intelligence is theoretically...capable of composing