Today we will launch #ILoveLive 2, featuring more unique prizes from artists, promoters, venues and festivals.
David Stopps said: “When I heard about the tenth suicide among stage crew in late August, I knew I had to do something. Stage crew are not only suffering great financial hardship but most are also experiencing mental ill health. Money raised from these prize draws will actually save lives and help to safeguard their future.”
Stagehand is the only UK charity that specifically helps music stage and road crew and is dedicated to providing hardship funding for live events industry workers. In September 2020 the Stagehand Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund was launched, with a target of raising £1m (including donations) by the end of 2020. This was achieved with the current total at £1.17m which has enabled Stagehand to issue over 900 grants to crew, with many more to follow in 2021.
The #ILoveLive prize draw campaign, in partnership with the Crowdfunder platform, gives music fans the chance to give something back to the people who make life-affirming live events happen and to win money-can’t-buy prizes from their favourite artists. This is not an auction. It’s a series of prize draws where each artist has their own prize draw. With an auction, only a few fans with the deepest pockets get involved, whereas with a prize draw the whole fanbase can participate. Fans from all over the world can enter for £5 via the artist’s #ILoveLive Crowdfunder page. If a fan enters multiple times, they stand a better chance of winning.
Rob Love from Crowdfunder said: "The #ILoveLive campaign on Crowdfunder is critical to supporting the ‘behind the scenes’ workers in the live music industry. Without roadies there won't be a live events industry, even when Covid restrictions are lifted. Crowdfunding is a way for communities to come together to support causes close to their heart, and this is a great example of how the music industry is pulling together to help each other in a time of need."
We would love to have you on board to help those in the industry who need it most.
Stagehand has been operating for over 20 years and is the working name of the Production Services Association’s welfare and benevolent fund, a charity established to raise and distribute funds for technical touring crew who have hit hard times. With the instant decimation of the concert touring industry since the pandemic began, Stagehand has faced its biggest fundraising effort since its inception. With the return of I Love Live, Stagehand will be able to keep helping live event production workers in crisis.