Three-Part Series Will Feature Performances from Andy Grammer, Aloe Blacc and More, Premiering June 22
Benefit Concerts Will Stream Across iHeartRadio’s YouTube, Facebook Live and Instagram Live
NEW YORK – June 17, 2020 – iHeartMedia and Ally today announced “iHeartRadio Concerts For The Community Presented By Ally” – a virtual concert series benefitting United Way, the worldwide organization that fights for health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community, as well as Musicians On Call, the nation’s leading provider of live music in hospitals, serving individuals in facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. The three-part concert series will feature performances from Andy Grammer and Aloe Blacc, with more to be announced. The event will stream on iHeartRadio’s YouTube Channel, Facebook Live and Instagram Live beginning on Monday, June 22 at 8pm EST/5pm PST with Andy Grammer.
In addition to the virtual events, iHeartMedia and Ally are helping to bring the gift of music to dedicated healthcare heroes that have been staffing hospitals nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the program, Ally has committed to fund the delivery of up to 5,000 virtual eCards to frontline workers nationwide. Each card will feature an inspiring and uplifting video recorded by Musicians On Call’s volunteer musicians. The program will encourage listeners to visit a dedicated landing page on the Musicians On Call website to send a personalized e-card and music video to doctors and nurses in their own lives.
As part of the series, each artist will surprise caregivers around the country with a virtual meet & greet and performance as a token of appreciation for their work on the frontlines.
“With the incredible sacrifices the frontline workers make every day for our safety during this pandemic, we’re committed to showing our gratitude while delivering a musical break to their stressful days,” said Musicians On Call President & CEO Pete Griffin. “We’ve witnessed time and again the healing power of music and we are proud to partner with iHeartMedia and Ally to share some joy with the people who need it the most right now. With their support we will be able to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of healthcare workers across the country.”
In addition to supporting United Way Worldwide through Concerts for the Community, Ally is supporting seven local United Way COVID-19 Relief Funds across the country. Through its partnership with iHeartMedia, Ally will help fund United Way Worldwide’s newly launched Invisible Problems campaign, to help identify and respond to unseen problems in communities that may be contributing to racial and economic inequalities. Listeners will be invited to visit unitedway.ideascale.com to share an unseen problem facing their family, neighborhood or community.
“United Way is addressing many significant, often ‘unseen’ problems emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as food insecurity, access to medical care, and financial support. Many of our communities were already in crisis pre-COVID-19 and now find themselves in deeper crises as new problems surface in this rapidly changing environment. Increased domestic violence, evictions, and loss of support groups are some of the problems emerging in the wake of COVID-19,” said Suzanne McCormick, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. “Support from Ally and iHeartMedia will help United Way begin to address these unseen issues facing communities across the country.”
“While the country faces multiple crises, many are looking for ways to help those fighting the pandemic and become part of the solution to address racial justice and equity issues,” said Andrea Brimmer, chief marketing and public relations officer at Ally. “Ally believes that music not only has the power to comfort us, but also reinforces our connection to each other, our families, and our communities. We hope these concerts bring people together to help frontline workers and generate much needed attention to hidden issues.”
About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial-services company with $182.5 billion in assets as of March 31, 2020. As a customer-centric company with passionate customer service and innovative financial solutions, we are relentlessly focused on "Doing it Right" and being a trusted financial-services provider to our consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. We are one of the largest full-service automotive-finance operations in the country and offer a wide range of financial services and insurance products to automotive dealerships and consumers. Our award-winning online bank (Ally Bank, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender) offers mortgage lending, personal lending, and a variety of deposit and other banking products, including savings, money-market, and checking accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Additionally, we offer securities-brokerage and investment-advisory services through Ally Invest. Our robust corporate finance business offers capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.
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About United Way
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.9 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide and $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit. We’re engaged in 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.
About Musicians On Call
Musicians On Call (MOC) is the nation’s leading provider of live music in hospitals. For over 20 years MOC has brought live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. MOC has a vision of a world filled with the healing power of music and is expanding its Virtual Bedside Performance Program and Music Pharmacy program to serve the populations most in need during this pandemic, including hospital patients who are undergoing visitor restrictions, caregivers spending countless hours on the frontlines and elderly individuals who must remain at home. For more information on how Musicians On Call continues to share music’s healing qualities during this global pandemic, visit www.musiciansoncall.org/covid-19.