All In WA virtual concert to raise funds for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
UPDATE: Out of respect for current events, we are postponing the virtual All In WA concert for COVID-19 relief. Originally scheduled for June 10, it will be held on June 24. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and partners, and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear. Read more here.
When the First Lady of Washington, Trudi Inslee, reached out to Amazon with an idea to help her fellow Washingtonians, we couldn't wait to help. Her big idea? Bring together some of the best musical talent in Washington for a star-studded concert, all while raising money for our friends and neighbors across the state.
Washington's need for additional philanthropic support to help with COVID-19 recovery is clear. One in five workers across the state has filed for unemployment insurance and are at risk of housing or food insecurity due to a decrease in wages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers and families across the state are experiencing grief and economic insecurity. Small businesses are struggling to survive and many may never reopen.
All In Washington (All In WA) is a coalition of philanthropic, business, and community leaders coming together to address the hardships our communities are facing by providing food donations, housing assistance for youth and families, small businesses support, and health services for essential workers.
All In WA: A Concert for COVID19 Relief by Presenting Sponsor Amazon
From that early call with Trudi Inslee, Amazon was "all in" for All In WA and immediately joined the effort, resulting in an event called, All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief by Presenting Sponsor Amazon. With Amazon's $10 million cash and in-kind presenting sponsorship, production, and marketing support, All In WA will feature an incredible collection of homegrown musical and celebrity talent including performances by Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Macklemore, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and more. It will also include stories about how fellow Washingtonians are responding during these challenging times.
The concert will be streamed on Amazon Music's Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/amazonmusic), and through www.allinwa.org on June 24, 2020 beginning at 7 p.m. local time. Immediately following the live stream, a recording of the concert will be available on Prime Video.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos also announced he will personally match individual donations under $1 million to All In WA causes, up to a total of $25 million.
"Washington state was at the forefront of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, and our state will be at the forefront of a safe recovery," Governor Jay Inslee said. "All In WA is helping to fill the gaps in funding across the state to provide relief to those who are suffering and to lay the groundwork to restart our economy in a safe, supported, and sensible way. I'd like to thank Jeff Bezos for his pledge to match donations, and all the other generous donors who are making this possible."
"Individuals, families, and communities across Washington state are struggling as a result of COVID-19, and I commend Governor Inslee and the First Lady for thinking big and creating All In WA to help those who so desperately need it," said Bezos. "It's been inspiring to watch the people of this state band together and push through this crisis, and I'm excited to see that continue as we raise money for this important cause."
In recent months, Amazon has used its scale and technology to help communities navigate this crisis. Amazon was an early contributor to the Seattle Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund with a $1 million donation. Amazon has also provided King County quarantine patients with 250,000 essential items, partnered with local caterer Gourmondo to provide 150,000 meals to residents of the Seattle Housing Authority and King County Housing Authority, contributed $1 million in matching funds to Mary's Place, and procured and donated 8,200 laptops to Seattle Public Schools to ensure all students in the district are able to access remote learning.
Partnering with All In WA in the company's backyard is a next step to kick-start recovery in the state.
Go to www.allinwa.org to learn more about how Washington is working to help those who are impacted and give what you can. And don't forget to join us on June 10 at 7 p.m. PT for All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief by Presenting Sponsor Amazon.