Community-based music fundraiser Electronic Labor Day (ELD) and Beatport ReConnect will co-host ‘For Beirut’, a 12-hour livestream fundraising event on Sunday, Sept. 13.
‘For Beirut’ is an initiative geared towards raising funds to support Lebanon after the devastating explosion in the capital city of Beirut on August 4, 2020. The tragic accident has caused at least 190 deaths and US$15 billion in property damage, along with leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless.
The initiative is a joint effort between community-based music fundraiser Electronic Labor Day (ELD), Beatport ReConnect, and international DJ Carl Cox.
Viewers can watch the stream via the ELD website and Facebook page as well as Beatport’s Twitch channel.
The electronic music fundraiser will begin at 01.58pm EEST (Beirut time) this Sunday with a moment of silence, marking the timing of the blast after 40 days of mourning. The minute of silence is in honor of nearly 200 victims who have lost their lives, others still buried under rubble, and all those who have been injured by the blast. The DJ sets will ensue at 2PM EEST (Beirut time) ending at 2AM EEST.
Over 100 electronic music artists will be playing during the stream including Pete Tong, Luciano, Amelie Lens, Kolsch, Seth Troxler, Sasha, Roger Sanchez, among others.
Funds will be distributed to three initiatives that have been leading relief efforts:
- Beirut Emergency Fund is a joint effort between Lebanese diaspora organizations with an aim to amplify coordination, outreach and impact. They also want to ensure that funds are disbursed in a coordinated manner to well vetted NGOs that focus their efforts on the most pressing needs resulting from this tragedy: Shelter, Food, Medica
tion/Medical Support, Rehabilitation and En vironment.
- Impact Lebanon who are raising funds for ongoing relief efforts through their Disaster Relief for Beirut Explosion initiative with a rigorous NGO vetting process. The most important selection criteria for the NGOs is that they are apolitical and non-sectarian, are registered and recognised, have ongoing initiatives to address the crisis and have passed an audit test.
- Bebw’shebbek ow dedicated to rebuilding the doors and windows of homes that have been impacted by the explosion through a volunteering team of experts. They have already undertaken 500 homes, with a goal to fix 150 homes every month and the ultimate objective to repair 3,000 homes.
This is the second edition of ELD’s livestream event. The first edition, held in May, supported the nightlife non-managerial personnel who have been impacted by COVID-19.
Beatport’s ReConnect series have been running since March, and has raised over $350,000 for charities and amassed more than 35 million views.
To donate to the fundraiser, click here.