In the wake of a series of wildfires that surged across Northern California last month, resulting in more than 40 deaths and the devastation of 6,000 homes — with damage estimates in the billions of dollars — YouTube and Twitter announced today that they will both livestream a Band Together Bay Area charity concert on Thursday beginning at 8:45 pm ET to support recovery efforts
Featuring performances by Metallica, Dead & Company, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, G-Eazy, Rancid, and Raphael Saadiq, all ticket sales will go to an emergency relief fund established by local poverty-fighting nonprofit Tipping Point Community. Tipping Point will distribute funds to community foundations, local service providers, and government partners, who will work to provide temporary housing, food, education, and healthcare services. Funds will be harnessed toward the low income communities that were hit hardest by the fires.
In addition to ticket sales, viewers can donate to the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund via YouTube alongside the stream, or by texting ‘TOGETHER’ to 20222 through the end of the year. Parent company Google is also vowing to match any donations made up to $1 million. The five-hour show will air on Metallica’s YouTube channel as well a dedicated Twitter landing page.
“Our neighbors in the North Bay have shown incredible strength as a community, and Google is proud to support Band Together Bay Area to help bring critical resources, funding, and support for those affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern California,” Google.org president Jacqueline Fuller said in a statement.