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.
Michael Jackson during the closing performance of the play, "Sisterella." | Photo: Getty Images
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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