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Fueling Musicians Stream-a-thon

For the last several weeks, the Fueling Musicians program has been raising funds for musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative started by Joe Bonamassa and the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation is designed to provide musicians with immediate cash payments for essential living expenses as well as pre-paid gas cards to get back on the road again when it is safe. 

And this Sunday, Fueling Musicians will be premiering its biggest fundraiser yet; a star-studded stream-a-thon event hosted by none other than Joe Bonamassa, featuring some very special guests. The event will feature 4 hours of music performances from over 45 musicians including some of Joe’s legendary friends and talented rising stars.

Since the launch, Fueling Musicians has raised over $175,000 and started to send out packages to qualified musicians and will continue to do so on a weekly basis as funds allow. Companies such as Gibson, Norman’s Rare Guitars, Reverb, Caveman Productions, Ernie Ball, Peter Frampton, and Chicago Music Exchange, among others, who have given their support both financially and through in-kind contributions. But even more overwhelming has been the outpouring of support from so many musicians, fans and music lovers that have generously donated to help some of their favorite musicians get back on stage. 

“The more money raised, the more musicians that will receive funding to help them get through these challenging times and ultimately back onto the road when the time is right,” Bonamassa says. 

This weekend’s event is expected to draw in a large virtual audience, as it will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and the foundation hopes to get close to its new goal of $250,000 in the effort of helping as many artists as possible. Tune in this Sunday May 31st at 3 PM ET and be sure not to miss this stellar event featuring performances from John Oates, Ana Popovic, Larkin Poe, George Thorogood, Toronzo Cannon, Joe Bonamassa, and so many more!


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