Bonnie Raitt and John Mellencamp Instruments among charity auction items – Deadline
Live music has been virtually wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. So, to help talent agencies, management companies, artists and live touring companies fighting to stay alive, a fundraiser featuring superstar guitars is being auctioned off.
The nonprofit National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) is behind the effort, launching an auction of guitars and stringed instruments. From today until Sunday, December 13, the auction is open to the public and will help raise crucial funds for NITO’s continued efforts to ensure that the live touring industry has a united voice. in Washington DC and in a rapidly changing economy.
A selection of guitars and stringed instruments will be auctioned off by George Benson, Leon Bridges, David Bromberg, Mike Doughty, Fall Out Boy, Steve Forbert, Tom Higgenson / Plain White T’s, Jack Johnson, Will Kimbrough, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Landreth, Tommy Lee, Nick Lowe, Steve Martin, J Mascis, John Mellencamp, Pat Metheny, Jim Miller, Thurston Moore, Graham Nash, Tim O’Brien, OK Go, John Petrucci, Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bill Reynolds, Joe Satriani, Chris Smither, Los Straitjackets, Lars Ulrich, Steve Vai, Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs and Weezer.
A full list of items auctioned is available here.
NITO is behind the #SaveLiveMusic hashtag and the Save Our Stages Act, which encourages congressional leaders to include and adopt a COVID-19 relief program for the live events industry.