Sharon Van Etten, Bill Callahan to play benefit livestream for people of the Amazon Basin

The fundraiser aims to support indigenous Amazonians affected by COVID-19

Bill Callahan and Sharon Van Etten are among the lineup for the second edition of Folk Medicine, a live-streamed benefit concert for Amazon Basin residents affected by COVID-19. See the full lineup below.

The livestream will take place on Facebook Live and Zoom on Friday July 17 at 1am BST. While the concert can be watched for free on Folk Medicine’s Facebook page, viewers are encouraged to donate by buying a Zoom ticket. All proceeds from ticket sales will be sent directly to Folk Medicine, who have set an initial fundraising goal of $150,000.

“The situation throughout the Amazon Basin is dire as indigenous peoples, already facing centuries of systemic oppression, suffer from illness, lack of food, medical supplies and income due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” organisers said in an Instagram post.

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“Medical infrastructure has completely collapsed in many regions and jungle communities are left largely to fend for themselves. Without access to direct aid, people are already dying at alarming rates. We must act now.

“Our initial goal of 150 thousand dollars will support indigenous Amazonians who need money for food, medications, oxygen, and economic relief now and in the coming months. Folk Medicine is currently distributing aid to 35 existing campaigns!”

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The situation throughout the Amazon Basin is dire as indigenous peoples, already facing centuries of systemic oppression, suffer from illness, lack of food, medical supplies and income due to the CO V ID-19 pandemic. Medical infrastructure has completely collapsed in many regions and jungle communities are left largely to fend for themselves. Without access to direct aid, people are already dying at alarming rates. We must act now. FOLK MEDICINE is an umbrella fundraising initiative that supports direct pandemic relief throughout the Amazon.On June 10th, our first live-stream concert raised 32 thousand dollars on the first night with 10 thousand viewers between Zoom and Facebook Live. Our initial goal of 150 thousand dollars will support indigenous Amazonians who need money for food, medications, oxygen, and economic relief now and in the coming months. Folk Medicine is currently distributing aid to 35 existing campaigns! Tickets on sale at link in bio with 100% of proceeds distributed to direct aid efforts. Many of us have been touched by the blessings of Amazonian wisdom traditions, or at the very least, recognize the importance of active reciprocity for the guardians of this vital organ of our planet – the Amazon Rain Forest. The artists have generously offered their talent and platforms to raise awareness and funds to offer immediate assistance with 100% of donations financing direct aid. Painting by @elenastonaker #activereciprocity

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The first Folk Medicine livestream took place in June and raised $32,000 on the first night from an audience of more than 10,000 viewers. Performers for the night included Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Devendra Banhart, Avey Tare, Mariee Sioux and more.

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