Nick Cave and Foo Fighters launch new crowdfunders to raise funds for road crew

100 limited edition prizes from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, including signed guitars, are up for grabs

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced a crowdfunder to raise funds for their live crew after their livelihoods were severely impacted by COVID-19.

The band were forced to cancel their 2021 tour at the end of last year, resulting in further financial hardship for their road crew – many of whom work on a freelance basis and have been unable to access government funding or support schemes.

Now, it’s hoped that a new fundraiser will help to support their basic living costs – with fans paying to enter a prize draw that could see them landing one of over 100 impressive prizes donated by the band.

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As well as signed guitars and keyboards, other prizes include gift vouchers, limited edition prints and many more.

The crowdfunder launches today (Thursday 18 February) and tickets can be purchased until 6:00 pm GMT Friday 12th March 2021.

A brief message on the Crowdfunder page states: “Work for our crew has vanished. As freelancers, there has been little or no support on offer to them from the authorities, and available work elsewhere is currently almost non-existent.

“We have supported our direct crew as best as we can, but we thought we’d also have a bit of fun with a prize draw to help raise funds for them.”

You can donate or enter prize draw here.

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A separate crowdfunder has also been recently launched by #ILoveLive – with the likes of  Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Muse and Frank Turner all donating prizes for the draw.

“The #ILoveLive campaign on Crowdfunder is critical to supporting the ​‘behind the scenes’ workers in the live music industry,” said Crowdfunder’s Rob Love. ​“Without roadies, there won’t be a live events industry, even when COVID restrictions are lifted.

“Crowdfunding is a way for communities to come together to support causes close to their heart, and this is a great example of how the music industry is pulling together to help each other in a time of need.”

You can find out more info on that here.

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