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PLAY ON: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change Raises More Than $7 million



Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change

Powerful Primetime Broadcast Concert Special

Hosted by Kevin Bacon and Eve December 15 on CBS

Raises More Than $7 Million to benefit the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and WhyHunger

Exciting Musical Performances Included

Bon Jovi, LL COOL J, Ziggy Marley, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Jon Batiste,

Sara Bareilles, Emily King and More

L/R Amanda Shires,Maren Morris, Yola, Natalie Hemby, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow (CBS/Michael Weintraub)
Gary Clark Jr (Erik Voake/CBS)

December 17, 2020 - New York, NY – On Tuesday night December 15, music fans tuned in to an extraordinary benefit concert broadcast amplifying awareness for transformational racial, social and food justice, PLAY ON: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change. The memorable primetime one-hour special, which was co-hosted by Golden Globe-winning actor, musician, philanthropist and Founder of Sixdegrees.Org Kevin Bacon and Grammy Award-winning rapper, actress and current “The Talk” host Eve, aired on CBS, as well as on CBS ALL Access and SiriusXM’s The Pulse (ch. 15), and fans who missed the memorable musical night can now stream PLAY ON on YouTube.

LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip (Erik Voake/CBS)
Andra Day and Ziggy Marley (Erik Voake/CBS)

PLAY ON has helped to raise more than $7 million to ben the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and WhyHunger, through the Play On Fund created by SixDegrees.Org. Donations came through sponsors, generous viewer donations during the broadcast, as well as from additional donations actively coming in from YouTube with their premiere of PLAY ON immediately following the CBS broadcast. Fans can also continue to support the Play On Fund by participating in a celebrity auction where they can bid on exclusive experiences, art and memorabilia from members of the Play On family, with more info available at

“Together, we raised $7.3 million in order to amplify the work of WhyHunger and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund,” said Stacy Huston, Executive Director of SixDegrees.Org. “We are thrilled with the response to the PLAY ON benefit concert special. We wanted to end the year amplifying the most pressing issues we face as a nation. Many of the songs spoke about justice and this powerful show left us all more hopeful. We are so proud of the work that everyone involved has done to generate awareness for these organizations.”

L/R Sara Bareilles, Pedrito Martinez, Jon Batiste, Steve Jordan, Emily King and Meshell Ndegeocello (Michele Crowe/CBS)
Jon Batiste (Michele Crowe/CBS)

The incredible special included stellar artist lineups spanning musical genres at iconic music venues in New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville. The famed Troubadour in Los Angeles featured dynamic performances by Gary Clark Jr., Ziggy Marley with Andra Day, and LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip. The legendary Apollo Theater in New York City featured electric performances by Machine Gun Kelly, Jon Batiste with Sara Bareilles, Emily King, Pedrito Martinez and Steve Jordan, along with a special video performance from Bon Jovi. The historic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville showcased inspired performances by Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow and Yola joined by The Highwomen and Sheryl Crow. Special appearances were also made by Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Ringo Starr.

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