THE WEEKND DONATES $500,000 TO MUSICARES

THE MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST BROUGHT BACK POPULAR XO FACE MASKS AND MATCHED EVERY DOLLAR TO RAISE MONEY TO AID THOSE AFFLICTED BECAUSE OF COVID-19

The Weeknd has given back to the members of the music community with a $500k donation to MusiCares to aid those afflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The ​Recording Academy​ and ​MusiCares ​established the ​COVID-19 Relief Fund​ to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events, and the creative community behind it all. To date, The ​MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund ​has provided more than ​$13.7 million in aid to approximately 14,000 members ​of the music community in need.

ABOUT MUSICARES

A friend and ally of the music community, ​MusiCares​ was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs. For more information, visit​ ​www.musicares.org​, "like" MusiCares on​ ​Facebook​, and follow @MusiCares on​ ​Twitter​ ​and​ ​Instagram​.

ON THE WEEKND:

Filtering R&B and pop through an ambitious widescreen lens, The Weeknd took over popular music and culture on his own terms. The multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY

Award winner is the #1 most listened artist in the world on Spotify and is a top 10 artist of all time for RIAA singles. His 2020 album ​After Hours​ is the #1 most streamed R&B album of all time, followed by his 2016 album ​Starboy​ at #2. Alongside his gilded musical career, he’s graced the covers of Time Magazine, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, and GQ along with the late night stages with heralded performances with the likes of Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbrt, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In recent times he has made acting appearances in TV and film with 2019’s film ​Uncut Gems​ as well as starring in and co-writing an episode of the hit show ​American Dad​ in 2020. He generously shares with donations in 2020 already near $1.5 million dollars to various charites. The continuous record breaking of charts, sales and streams, headlining the biggest festivals and stadiums in the world, and his ever mysterious public persona combined solidifies The Weeknd as one of the most compelling and significant artists of the 21st century.