Michael Jackson's Estate Donates $300k to Help Entertainment Industry Workers Affected by the Pandemic
Michael Jackson's estate responded to the Coronavirus pandemic by donating $300,000 to three communities close to the late singer's heart.
Michael Jackson’s estate is giving back to communities who’ve been good to the late singer and his estate. According to a report from AP News, the estate will be donating $300,000 to these communities in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
HOW THE DONATION WILL BE DISTRIBUTED
The estate is reportedly focusing its relief efforts on Broadway, the music industry, and Las Vegas. Each sector represented by Broadway Cares, MusiCares and the Three Square food bank in Nevada will receive $100,000.
Jackson’s charitable nature is well-documented. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records hailed him as the most philanthropic pop star in history.
Estate co-executor, John Braga told the Associated Press that the virus “is personal” which prompted the company to extend help to its own communities. He acknowledged that Las Vegas “has been very good to Michael” which is why it will be providing 300,000 meals to those in need there.
Pray for each other and a better tomorrow around the globe. In the words of Michael Jackson, “We are all a family. We are one." If the world comes together, we can surely “Heal The World."https://t.co/S8bZpHLr9w— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) March 17, 2020
MICHAEL'S LEGACY AS A PHILANTHROPIST
Braga added that the estate’s donations are an extension of Jackson’s generosity while he was still alive.
“Michael was extremely generous both of his time and his money in his life, and it’s in his music too. We look to Michael for leadership and inspiration. We’re doing what Michael would have been doing.”
Eddie Murphy presented the Humanitarian of the Year Award to Michael at the Soul Train Awards in 1993. The award was preceded by a recap of just some of Michael’s incredible impact on the world. Remember it here: https://t.co/78TNKbjy4T#MJHumanitarian— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) March 9, 2020
Jackson’s charitable nature is well-documented. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records hailed him as the most philanthropic pop star in history. He donated approximately $300 million dollars to charity throughout his lifetime.
Jackson’s notable beneficiaries were the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the NAACP, UNICEF, and Red Cross. His song, “Man In the Mirror” was believed to be a reflection of his generosity, acknowledging the need to make a change for others.
On this date in 1996, Michael performed for the first time as a solo artist on the African continent for 60,000 fans in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. He then announced that proceeds would benefit the National Solidarity Fund, a Tunisian charity fighting poverty. #MJHumanitarian pic.twitter.com/lCBSHUQncV— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) October 7, 2019
CURRENT NEWS ON JACKSON
Jackson’s estate has several projects this year which have been put on hold due to the pandemic. This includes “MJ the Musical” which was set to launch in Broadway in July and “Michael Jackson ONE,” the ongoing Cirque de Soleil show in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
While his estate has made a positive move in response to the current health scare, Jackson’s name recently graced headlines with the death of legendary African artist, Manu Dibango due to the Coronavirus.
What will be on your Michael Jackson sight-seeing tour when you visit New York City to see MJ: The Musical? @ us with your best stops! Tickets for the musical are available now: https://t.co/aSmlZMZZFH pic.twitter.com/prTPaxlC9o— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) February 4, 2020
The Cameroonian saxophonist famously sued the King of Pop for lifting lyrics from his hit, “Soul Makossa” for Jackson’s song, “Wanna Be Starting Something.” The case was settled outside of court.
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