Lady Gaga and friends raise money with the help of Tim Cook
It’s a tough time at the moment for more or less everyone around the world as we try to curb the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic with lockdowns and social distancing. Despite events being canceled on an unprecedented scale, Apple is supporting a special broadcast in aid of fighting COVID-19. It might be the closest thing we get to a music festival this year, and it’s fundraising for a great cause.
One World: Together At Home is a virtual festival created by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization in collaboration with singer Lady Gaga. The show will be live-streamed across the globe on April 18 at 5 pm Pacific time. Apple is one of several sources set to host the live video stream, so you can be sure it’ll be easy to watch on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
Lady Gaga is the face of the event and responsible for curating many of the performers, which includes music legends Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Stevie Wonder alongside newer pop sensations Billie Eilish and Lizzo. There’s even space for David Beckham to make a (hopefully non-musical) appearance.
As well as streaming the event, Apple is making a $10 million donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, bringing the total raised to more than $35 million already. CEO Tim Cook confirmed Apple’s support in a FaceTime call with Lady Gaga on the Tonight Show, in which he said: “We are so proud to be a part of this.”
The event has already raised more than $35 million and hopefully that number will keep growing ahead of the April 18 live stream. You can read more from Global Citizen’s full statement here.