TICKETING COMPANY TEG and promoter subsidiary TEG Dainty have so far raised AS$9.5 million (US$6.3m) from a concert for bushfire relief.
The 10-hour, sold-out concert took place at Sydney’s 70,000-capacity ANZ Stadium on 16 February and saw performances from artistes including Queen + Adam Lambert, k.d. Lang and Alice Cooper.
The show, which was hosted by actor, writer and comedian Celeste Barber, was shown live on Australian TV channels and is set to be broadcast in the US and the UK, which is expected to draw more donations.
“What a day and what a night it has been,” says TEG CEO Geoff Jones. “Our huge thanks are owed to the 23 artistes and to the many companies and people who donated their time and services to make Fire Fight Australia happen.
“It has been an enormous effort from the music industry to pull this concert together in five weeks and we are just so proud of what has been achieved through our collective effort.
“Thank you too to the fans, whose generosity in buying tickets, merchandise, food and drink and donating through firefightaustralia.com has helped raise $9.5 million so far to support Australia’s short, medium and long-term recovery from the bushfires.”
TEG Dainty president and CEO Paul Dainty says, “From the first conversation with Queen’s manager Jim Beach, the band’s immediate response to support this amazing event was what set everything in motion.”
Among the charities that will receive donations from the event are Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, RSCPA Bushfire Appeal, The BizRebuild program and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Fire Fight Fund.