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Yesterday, 29 years old, American singer-songwriter and actor David Archuleta posted an update on the micro-blogging website Twitter that he going to teaming up with billboard to raise the money for COVID-19 relief.

David said that he is going to perform live at the Billboard Facebook page for the audience from his house. He posted, “Hope you’re all staying safe and sane! If you need a little somethin’ somethin’, tomorrow I’ll be singing a few songs on @billboard ‘s Live At-Home sessions.”

About half-hour ago he tweeted and requested his fans on Twitter to join his live stream. “About to go live on @Billboard ‘s Facebook page for their Live-at Home Sessions! Not only will I be singing a few songs, but we’re also raising money for @DirectRelief for Covid-19 relief. Tune in at http://facebook.com/billboard!”, he tweeted.

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David Archuleta | Billboard Live At-Home Performance | Fundraiser for DirectRelief

I'm David Archuleta and I'm teaming up with Billboard to raise money for Direct Relief with a Billboard Live At-Home performance! ️ Watch now and drop your questions, requests and donations below!

Posted by Billboard on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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Mura Masa funds new programme to train black women in live music roles

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Mura Masa has announced that he is helping to fund a new programme to train black women in live music industry roles.

Speaking on Blackout Tuesday yesterday (June 2) – a social media “blackout” event organised by the music industry to show solidarity following the death of George Floyd in the US – Masa said that instead of staying silent he wanted to be pro-active in organising something to change the lives of black women in the music industry.

Writing on Instagram, Masa said: “Please don’t be silent today music industry, silence is not what’s needed. Be helpful, share resources, allow space and amplification for the voices that need it, educate yourself and those around you.”

Announcing a new 12-week scheme for ten black females, Masa explained the reasoning behind the scheme came from there being “a serious, serious lack of women of colour” in roles in the music industry.

Masa wrote: “My management and some of my touring crew are organising a free, 12-week weekend course for 10 black women to train in live music roles (specifically crew roles like front of house/mixing/monitor engineering, lighting technician).

“It begins to address a problem that we’ve privately discussed at length whilst putting my own show together, in that there is a serious, serious lack of women of colour occupying these roles and we would love to have that change. If you’re in the industry then you know just how true this is.”

He continued: “I have personally committed to funding for this project and can’t wait to commit my time and any help that I can give to this. I would urge and compel my peers in music, at all levels but especially those in positions of power and wealth, to investigate how they can put weight and funding into creating or assisting programmes like this, rather than being silent or releasing statements of outrage.

“Inaction is what got us here. Let’s move on this together and seize this opportunity for action.” Those interested in applying for the scheme can do so here.

A host of record labels and other music industry figures are took part in the social media blackout yesterday in solidarity with the black community.

Messages shared by Warner, Universal, Dirty Hit and more set out a plan to “disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” for the day, held as “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

The decision comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week (May 25). Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

“Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change,” the message began. “As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss.

“Join us on Tuesday June 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,” the message concluded, adding the hashtag “#THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED.”

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Mura Masa funds new programme to train BAME women in live music roles

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Mura Masa has announced that he is helping to fund a new programme to train BAME women in live music industry roles.

Speaking on Blackout Tuesday yesterday (June 2) – a social media “blackout” event organised by the music industry to show solidarity following the death of George Floyd in the US – Masa said that instead of staying silent he wanted to be pro-active in organising something to change the lives of BAME women in the music industry.

Writing on Instagram, Masa said: “Please don’t be silent today music industry, silence is not what’s needed. Be helpful, share resources, allow space and amplification for the voices that need it, educate yourself and those around you.”

Announcing a new 12-week scheme for ten BAME women, Masa explained the reasoning behind the scheme came from there being “a serious, serious lack of women of colour” in roles in the music industry.

Masa wrote: “My management and some of my touring crew are organising a free, 12-week weekend course for 10 black women to train in live music roles (specifically crew roles like front of house/mixing/monitor engineering, lighting technician).

“It begins to address a problem that we’ve privately discussed at length whilst putting my own show together, in that there is a serious, serious lack of women of colour occupying these roles and we would love to have that change. If you’re in the industry then you know just how true this is.”

He continued: “I have personally committed to funding for this project and can’t wait to commit my time and any help that I can give to this. I would urge and compel my peers in music, at all levels but especially those in positions of power and wealth, to investigate how they can put weight and funding into creating or assisting programmes like this, rather than being silent or releasing statements of outrage.

“Inaction is what got us here. Let’s move on this together and seize this opportunity for action.” Those interested in applying for the scheme can do so here.

A host of record labels and other music industry figures are took part in the social media blackout yesterday in solidarity with the black community.

Messages shared by Warner, Universal, Dirty Hit and more set out a plan to “disconnect from work and reconnect with our community” for the day, held as “an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change.”

The decision comes in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week (May 25). Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after being apprehended by a white police officer. Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

“Due to recent events please join us as we take an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change,” the message began. “As gatekeepers of the culture, it’s our responsibility to not only come together to celebrate the wins, but also hold each other up during a loss.

“Join us on Tuesday June 2 as a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our community,” the message concluded, adding the hashtag “#THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED.”

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Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic clarifies praise of Donald Trump in wake of George Floyd protests: “I don’t support fascism”

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Krist Novoselic has added to comments he made earlier this week in support of US President Donald Trump‘s recent statement regarding the ongoing George Floyd protests.

Trump said in a widely condemned press conference on Monday (June 1) that he would mobilise the US military to be deployed against protesters, and in doing so declared himself a “law and order president”.

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Krist Novoselic (Picture: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

Former Nirvana bassist Novoselic expressed vocal support for Trump’s comments on his Facebook page, writing: “Wow!!! I know many of you can’t stand him, however, Trump knocked it out of the park with this speech.

“Social media and television are looping images of societal breakdown. I agree, the president should not be sending troops into states – and he legally might not be able to anyway – nevertheless, his tone in this speech is strong and direct.”

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Today (June 3) Novoselic took to his Facebook page again to clarify his earlier comments, saying that he does not support “fascism” nor “an authoritarian state”.

“As an avowed independent, I don’t endorse a major party or candidate. And it feels insane to have to say this , but I don’t support fascism, and I don’t support an authoritarian state. I believe in a civilized society and that we all have to work toward that. Love and thanks to anyone who cares to read this.”

To clarify a few things: As an avowed independent, I don’t endorse a major party or candidate. And it feels insane to…

Posted by Krist Novoselić on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

In the first post Novoselic laid out some rherotic: “Imagine if so-called “patriot militias” were raising this kind of hell? If this were the case, left-wing people would welcome federal intervention.

H econtinued: “Most Americans want peace in their communities and President Trump spoke to this desire. Never mind the legal details that few understand – Trump said he would stop the violence and this speaks to many.”

Trump’s comments have drawn strong criticism from US Democrats including California Senator Kamala Harris (who described them as “the words of a dictator”) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said the President’s words were “really, truly shameful”.

Novoselic was a vocal supporter of the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson during the 2016 US election, saying that he would not vote for either Trump or opposition candidate Hillary Clinton.

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