Updated with sellout: “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” will be broadcast worldwide, A+E Networks announced early this morning. The November 18 event, which A&E reported Monday has sold out, will be broadcast across more than 135 countries on Lifetime and A&E Network beginning November 21 and continuing through December 15.
A+E and IHeartRadio have partnered to bring together the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pharrell Williams for the concert sparked by tragic shootings in Charleston, Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson.
Performances will include a once-in-a-lifetime series of duets, focused on reconciliation and positive change around the world. Additional performers will be announced. The concert will be recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 18th. The event will kick off A+E Networks’ worldwide campaign to confront issues of race, and to promote unity and progress on racial equity.
The concert and its ancillary programming will help raise money for the Fund for Progress on Race in America powered by United Way Worldwide. The fund will provide grants to individuals and organizations as well as provide support to Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in South Carolina and the broader A.M.E. denomination. The fund will support efforts to address racism and bias through public policy change, individual innovation, and community mobilization.
In the U.S., the two-hour special event will air across A+E Networks’ brand portfolio, including A&E, History, Lifetime, H2, LMN and FYI, as well as on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio digital platform. Immediately following the concert broadcast, A&E Network will air the tentatively titled one-hour special, Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America, featuring artists engaging a diverse group of residents in local communities at the center of the national conversation on racial inequality and violence.
Ticket sales for the sold-out concert generated more than $150K for the Fund for Progress on Race in America, powered by The United Way Worldwide.