Rock 'N' Relief Concert Raises Money for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Linda Perry partners with CORE Foundation to address pandemic disparities.

Posted Mar 04, 2021

On March 5 and 6, legendary musician, producer, and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Linda Perry will curate and headline at the two-day Rock ‘N’ Relief: Concert Series and Live Stream at Dodger Stadium to raise funds for CORE. The event will be hosted by DJ Kat Corbett of SiriusXM & KROQ and will feature live performances from artists including Macy Gray, Juliette Lewis, Donita Sparks, Kevin Bacon, and Silversun Pickups. There will also be digital performances by artists such as Carly Simon with David Saw, Foo Fighters, Gavin Rossdale, Pete Yorn, James Blunt, Jewel, Sheryl Crow, and Sammy Hagar.

Provided by Linda Perry, used with permission
Source: Provided by Linda Perry, used with permission

Founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, CORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to crisis response. One of the missions of CORE and its partners has been to provide equitable access to free COVID testing and vaccines across Los Angeles for the past year. Dodger Stadium previously served as the largest free COVID-19 testing site in the United States, and has been operated by CORE and its partners L.A. City, L.A. County and LAFD. The Rock ‘N’ Relief Concert will benefit CORE’s life-saving programs, including its mobile vaccination program, which brings access to the vaccine directly to communities who need it most across LA. The mobile vaccination program aims to address the health disparities facing low-income communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic by offering on-site registration as well as direct access to COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution within the community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the United States currently has over 28 million COVID-19 cases and over 500,000 deaths. And all of this suffering and disruption is layered on top of an existing worldwide mental health crisis. Mental health conditions such as depression or addiction can substantially or entirely disrupt lives, resulting in work disability, difficulty completing basic household tasks, and poor functioning in relationships. People are now facing severe stressors including catching or persistent fear of catching the virus, unemployment, threat of losing one’s life or the lives of loved ones, and disconnection from enjoyable activities and social interaction. Any one of these factors alone could increase risk of mental illness, but taken together it is a perfect storm for undermining our physical and emotional health. Now, with the added stress and impact of the coronavirus crisis, thousands more people may become hopeless and die from suicide or addiction.

The pandemic is exacerbating longstanding health disparities by disproportionately impacting minority and low-income communities. COVID-19 deaths are higher among minority and lower-income people while COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower for Black as compared to white people in the United States. And while research suggests that as many as 40% of adults are experiencing mental illness during the pandemic, racial and ethnic minorities are among the groups who have experienced the most severe outcomes including increased suicidality. Further, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) reports that many of the economic hardships of the pandemic disproportionately affect Black, Latino, Indigenous, and immigrant households, including higher rates of difficulty getting food, paying rent, and covering household expenses.

Thus, the importance of CORE’s work in getting vaccinations to minority and low-income populations is paramount to the ongoing fight to contain the pandemic and minimize its harmful effects. Perry has a long history of supporting a range of philanthropic causes and is continuing that work with Rock ‘N’ Relief. “As a mother and fellow member of this community, I wanted to do something to lift spirits and send a positive message of hope and humanity to all the healthcare workers and those on the front lines, as well as raise awareness and funds to support CORE and their relief efforts...,” Perry said in a statement. “Can’t wait to get the word out and provide much-needed funding for CORE while entertaining and lifting the spirits of the nation.”

Perry and CORE are working with Amazon Music to stream the concert live, from 12-6:30 p.m. PST on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 on the Amazon Music mobile app, and through the Amazon Music Twitch channel at twitch.tv/amazonmusic. 

To donate, visit https://tiltify.com/@amazonmusic/rocknrelief or text the word ROCK to 707070.