The live music industry has been hit exceptionally hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Jeff Schroeder is the latest musician to help raise some much needed funds for crew workers who've been out of a job for nearly a year now. On Wednesday (February 10), the Smashing Pumpkins guitarist/keyboardist announced For The Crew — a virtual benefit concert with proceeds going to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
“The whole of the music industry has been hit hard by Covid-19,” Schroeder said in a statement. “One particular segment of the industry that is often overlooked and/or forgotten is road crews. It’s quite simple: Without our crews, there would be no shows. These are the women and men behind the scenes who help bring our music to you. With this online benefit show, our hope is to raise both money and awareness for our crews.”
For The Crew is slated to take place March 6 at 7pm ET and will feature solo sets from Schroeder, Kevin Rudolf, and Tommy Marz.
“During this pandemic, there have been times where many people have felt helpless, myself included," Marz said. "As the opportunity arose to raise money for people whose incomes have been affected by Covid-19, the road crews became a focus of that opportunity. The road crew teams are an important part of the live show experience and have been affected greatly.”
“With so many people in our business out of work due to Covid, I’m happy there is a little something we can do to raise money and maybe bring a smile,” Rudolf added.
Get For The Crew ticket info here.