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Music World Supports Victims of Vegas Shooting

October 9, 2017

 

Jason Aldean on SNL

The country star who was playing on stage during the tragic shooting went on SNL six days after to extend a message to victims, saying "So many people are hurting, and they’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family.  So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you."  His SNL opening performance was a surprise to viewers.  Jason paid tribute to the 58 deceased and 489 injured victims, as well as the late Tom Petty, with a passionate rendition of Petty's "I Won't Back Down."

 

Maren Morris Releases "Dear Hate"

Maren had been sitting on a track she wrote two days after the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina church shooting she wrote a song called "Dear Hate" but couldn't decide when to release it.  Last year, she sent it to Vince Gill to see if he would record a vocal on the track, and the legend called back immediately saying he would love to and recorded his vocal for free.  After the tragic events in Vegas, Maren knew it was the right time to release the duet.  The track already has over one million views on YouTube.  Morris told fans that every cent the song makes will be donated to the Music City Cares Fund. 

Maren herself played on the Route 91 Harvest Festival main stage two nights before the shooting. With this song, she has a message for music lovers everywhere, saying, "the biggest thing we can do besides donating money and donating blood is not being afraid to still enjoy live music."

 

Music City Cares Fund

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee created the Music City Cares Fund the day after the shooting to provide a way for Nashvillians to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims.  The funds raised have been allocated to four nonprofits: the Nathan Adelson Hospice for Grief Support, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Bridge Counseling Associates, and the Injured Police Officers Fund.  Sequentially, these services will provide grief and bereavement services, legal guidance for shooting victims, emotional and mental support for those directly and indirectly affected, and financial aid for families of officers injured or killed during the massacre. 

 

Chandler Benefit Concert

Hayley Boult and her boyfriend Joel Maze were uninjured survivors of the shooting who decided to raise money for those who were not as fortunate.  Upon returning home to Arizona, they thought up the idea to host a benefit show to raise money for those directly impacted by the shooting.  Julie Bohner, the assistant manager at Tom Ryan's Lounge, reached out to them to offer support from her country bar in Chandler.  Twelve bands were selected to play and hundreds attended.  In addition to live music, there were also games, a raffle, and food stands at the concert to fundraise.  There was also a large banner for community members to write notes on in support of the victims. Many victims have reached out to the couple since to express their gratitude.  All money raised is going to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.

 

NGHTMRE Clothing Line

Tyler Marenyi, the trap artist behind the pseudonym NGHTMRE, is using his new clothing line to support victims of the massacre.  100% of all sales on October 3rd were donated to the victims, and a portion of the total sales will also be donated.

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