Restaurants might be reopening and bands might be starting to tour again, but members of the music industry and its supporting infrastructure still need help.
The Unison Fund has one week left in its Band Together Online Silent Auction and the slate for this year’s offering is really something special. From autographed sports memorabilia and ticket packages to a concert of the winner’s choice to artwork and high-end jewelry for men and women, there’s quite the buffet of prizes to choose from.
In the first year of the pandemic, the Unison Fund has provided more than $2.5 million in financial assistance to more than 2,200 people who work in the entertainment industry, an astonishing 3,021% increase in 2020 alone, to say nothing about this year. There’s also been an increase in demand for counseling services — a 208% increase in crisis intervention counseling and 142% increase in general counseling — all during the pandemic.
All proceeds from the auction, which ends October 12, will go toward supporting the incredible support work provided by the Unison Fund, described as “Canada’s leading music industry charity” which supports mental and financial support to musicians across the industry and in both financial and emotional spectrums.
“As many music workers struggle with the financial and emotional repercussions of COVID-19, we feel it is vital to do all that we can to come together and support the Canadian music community through this time.”
Other items of note on this year’s auction include:
- Kansas City Chiefs replica Riddell helmet autographed by Patrick Mahomes
- Elvis Presley 24KT Gold Plated Separate Ways Vinyl (Framed)
- Paul Henderson Autographed Century Series Jersey
- “Where legends begin” Lithograph autographed by Dickie Moore, Maurice Richard, and Henri Richard
- Framed photograph of The Who with signature replicas of all the members
Ready to place your bid? Go here and be generous — the Unison Fund supports the artists we all know and love and have missed so dearly.