Lady Gaga is no stranger to hustling. The famously hard-working singer and actress helped raise $35 million in only seven days for the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Response Fund by calling on corporate leaders and philanthropists. It’s hard for me to even get out of bed right now, so I’m especially grateful to folks who are motivated and eager to use their resources to put stuff in motion.
At the WHO meeting on April 8th, Lady Gaga explained that the money will go towards global PPE supplies, testing kits, and to help “improve lab capacity” to process the tests.
“We have said consistently that we are all in this together and we can only succeed together,” the World Health Organization’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said when announcing Lady Gaga at the briefing. We need an all-of-society approach with everyone playing their part. That includes people in the entertainment industry.”
During the announcement, Gaga made sure to send her love and prayers to healthcare workers, people who are sick, and those who have lost their jobs and are struggling to get by and feed their families.
“My heart is very, very, achy and warm for those who are ER doctors and nurses who are sleeping in cars to make sure they don’t infect their families or their patients,” she said. “What you’re doing is putting yourselves in harm’s way to help the world, and we all salute you and you are a triumph, truly.”
Gaga also announced that she would be organizing an at-home music festival called “One World Together at Home.”
“We celebrate and we highlight the singular, kind global community that is arising right now,” Lady Gaga said. “We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented, cultural movement. And, we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human.”
And we get to enjoy it for free, as Gaga emphasized that this concert is not a fundraiser.
“When we do air live on April 18th, put your wallet away, put anything away that you need to, and sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve.”
The virtual concert, showing on many networks at 8 pm EST on April 18, will feature dozens of stars including Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Eddie Vedder, Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and others. It will not be a fundraiser but rather a celebration of “the power of the human” that the pandemic has brought to light. It will be hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel.
Gaga said she hopes the concert will help folks who are feeling hopeless focus on all the positive that’s occurring in the world.