Latin Grammy winner Laura Pausini will join fellow Italian female artists in a benefit concert benefit for the victims of the recent earthquake in the country's Abruzzo region.
The event, which is being organized by Live Nation Italy, will take place at Milan's San Siro soccer stadium on Sunday, June 21. The title of the show is "Amiche per l'Abruzzo" ("Friends for Abruzzo"). "Amiche" in Italian specifically refers to female friends and no male artists (apart from the backing musicians) will be involved.
So far 30 artists have signed up, including Elisa, Carmen Consoli, Giusy Ferreri, Giorgia and Fiorella Mannoia.
Live Nation's managing Roberto De Luca tells Billboard.biz, "Tickets will cost €25 ($32.78) but, as part of the fund-raising process, there will also be €150 ($196.69) corporate tickets available for companies."
He adds: "This should be a massive event. I have never seen anything quite like it in the course of my career as a concert promoter."
This is not the only musical initiative to raise money for victims of the April 6 earthquake, which had its epicentre near the city of l'Aquila and claimed an estimated 297 victims. At least 50 Italian artists (including those performing at San Siro, as well as male artists Jovanotti, Ligabue and Negramaro leader Giuliano Sangiorgi) are in the process of recording a new version of Mauro Pagani's song "Domani" ("Tomorrow").
The project is being coordinated by Caterina Caselli and the Sugar label. The (mainly digital) proceeds will go to those affected by the earthquake.