Fresh Off MusiCares Benefit, Quarantunes Readies Mega-Concert With John Legend

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John Legend attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The online charity performance series Quarantunes, created by WME Agent Richard Weitz and his daughter Demi, is continuing to build momentum as it pushes past the $7 million mark for funds raised for charity.

On July 11, the concert series held via Zoom raised $100,000 for MusiCares during a four-hour marathon show run with legendary music industry executive Clive Davis continuing his role as musical director alongside Grammy board member and Quarantunes regular commentator Jimmy Jam and SiruisXM's senior director of talent, music/entertainment relations Tracey Jordan.

The MusiCares all-star event included Melissa Etheridge, Charlie Puth, Cheap Trick and Gavin DeGraw, along with sets by some of music's most recognized artists like Columbian rock star Juanes, Alan Parsons, famed pianist Mike Garson, the duo Chloe x Halle and Broadway’s Norm Lewis.

Saturday's (July 25) performance at 5 p.m. PT has Richard and Demi teaming up with John Legend to raise money for the singer and songwriter's FREEAMERICA nonprofit, championing reform efforts within the criminal justice system.

Protests and calls for action in this country following the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery in Atlanta have brought the issue of inequity within policing and the court system to the forefront and led to global protest and calls for change.

The movement has put a spotlight on mass incarceration in the U.S., where 70 million people have criminal records with a disproportionate number being people of color. Recognizing the role local prosecutors play in our broken justice system, FREEAMERICA’s mission is to transform criminal justice  by supporting the election and appointment of progressive prosecutors committed to reform and equity in policing, prosecution and imprisonment.

Quarantunes has been an undeniable success story during the pandemic, bringing hope to thousands of music fans and supporters while raising millions for charities like L.A.'s Saban Community Clinic, the Los Angeles Food Bank, Cedars Sinai Hospital, Broadway Cares he Equal Justice Initiative and 11 hospitals throughout New York City.