In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Metallica have announced their ‘All Within My Hands Month Of Giving’ during the month of May. The band announced the initiative in a video message from drummer Lars Ulrich which was posted to YouTube earlier today. You can check it out below.
“Inspired by today’s #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global date of giving in response to the global need caused by COVID-19, we’re going to spotlight four organizations we’re supporting throughout this crisis,” Ulrich said in the clip.
“Each week this month, we will share with you what these organizations do and show you how you can chip in to help. We’ll be contributing proceeds from special weekly featured merchandise in the Metallica store and continuing to donate funds raised during the #MetallicaMondays streaming concerts.”
According to reports in Rolling Stone, among the charities that Metallica will support during their ‘Month Of Giving’ are Feeding America, which partners with food banks around the United States; Crew Nation, Live Nation’s initiative to provide relief to touring and venue crews; the United States Bartenders Guild Foundation, which benefits bar workers and people in the service industries; and Direct Relief, which aims to support medical professionals and first responders across the U.S.
In its first six months of operation, the foundation donated more than $750,000 to local food banks around the world — a practice the band and the Foundation continued on Metallica’s subsequent North American and European tours. They’ve donated at least $10,000 to local food banks in every city and met dedicated people who focus their daily lives on helping others.
Earlier this week, Metallica shared the latest instalment in their on-going ‘Metallica Mondays’ series, which looked back to their intimate, House Of Vans show from London in 2016.