Michael Jackson estate donating $300,000 to help people in entertainment industry during coronavirus
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Michael Jackson's estate is donating $300,000 to help entertainment professionals who are out of work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The estate of the pop legend announced Wednesday that it will give $100,000 each to Broadway Cares, Nevada’s Three Square Food Bank and MusiCares.

“This virus strikes at the heart of the communities we are close to,” John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson's estate, said in a statement. “We learned today that the legendary Manu Dibango passed away from the virus. Other performers and support staff in music and on Broadway are sick or have been left without work and are facing an uncertain future. And in Las Vegas, which has been so welcoming to Michael Jackson, the entire city has been shut down leaving thousands of workers and their families devastated and without an income.”


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The donation to Three Square will provide 300,000 meals to those in need, as well as help bulk up supplies at the food bank in Nevada, according to the estate.

The estate will also donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, an organization providing emergency financial assistance, health insurance and counseling to actors and other Broadway employees.

“With every passing day that theaters remain dark, entertainment and performing arts professionals face unprecedented and immediate challenges,” Tom Viola, executive director Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “This incredibly generous donation from the Michael Jackson Estate will help ensure those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes get lifesaving health care, emergency financial assistance and counseling during and after this crisis.”

MusiCares, the charitable branch of the Recording Academy, will also receive a donation to help provide a wide range of services for people in the music industry during times of need.

As concerts, tours and performances are canceled during the ongoing pandemic, thousands of musicians, actors and entertainment professionals have been left without work.


“Michael Jackson ONE,” the Jackson-based Cirque du Soleil show at Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, has been put on hold indefinitely.

“MJ The Musical,” a Broadway show about the King of Pop, was set to begin previews in July. However, like the rest of Broadway, the production is also currently on hold to prevent gatherings of more than 500 people.

Branca told The Associated Press that there are no announcements yet on whether the show will be postponed.

“Michael’s spirit of generosity and helping others during his lifetime is legendary. These donations are inspired by him,” Branca and McClain added.