Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle Partner for Planned October 2021 Concert
There’s finally some good news for live music fans in the Triangle! Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle announced a partnership today that will deliver fans an in-person concert experience on October 23, 2021, pending health and safety guidelines at that time. Profits from funds raised for the event will go to nonprofits working overtime to support Triangle recovery and stabilization now and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and will be distributed to United Way’s upcoming slate of nonprofit partners as well as Band Together’s local nonprofit recipients from the past 20 years. Concert tickets will be available for purchase beginning in the next few months.
Band Together and United Way are committed to adhering to all recommended health and safety protocols set by city and state officials leading up to the October 2021 concert date. In the event that the pandemic has not lessened significantly, as hoped and anticipated, Band Together will partner with the headlining band to find an alternative concert date for 2022. All tickets sold for the original concert date will be honored for the new date or refunded on an as-needed basis.
Band Together was founded by Triangle community leaders as a response to the national tragedies of September 11, 2001. Their vision has evolved from raising funds to support international tragedies to raising funds and awareness for various nonprofits in the Triangle. Alongside a vast network of volunteers and nonprofit partners, the organization has donated over $10 million to benefit the local community.
United Way of the Greater Triangle’s mission is to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships. It’s in pursuit of that mission that the nonprofit organization funds 85+ nonprofit partners in Wake, Durham, Orange, and Johnston Counties, NC each year. While United Way has led community fundraising and support efforts for decades, the organization has also been at the forefront of Triangle recovery and stabilization efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization notably launched its Rapid Response Fund in March 2020 and has since raised and distributed more than $1.4M to 104 nonprofits working overtime to support the region’s most vulnerable residents. To learn more about the United Way’s emergency response impact to date, click here.
The two organizations plan to announce the concert line-up in the next few months. Fans can stay tuned to the Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle websites for more information.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated local individuals and families who were already struggling with the immense challenges that come with poverty. For as long as it takes to help our neighbors get back on their feet, United Way will be there,” said Eric Guckian, United Way of the Greater Triangle’s President and CEO. “It’s going to take our entire community to recover and stabilize following this pandemic. We can’t think of a better way to engage all Triangle residents than through the power of music and Band Together’s annual concert is the best one we know. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there on October 23.”
This is not the first time in recent history that Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle have partnered for community impact. The two organizations hosted the “Call For Change: Band Together Against Racism” telethon in partnership with WRAL, DPAC, and Lincoln Theatre in August 2020 and raised $200,800 to support local leaders of color and anti-racism, systems-level solutions to poverty through United Way’s Anti-Racism Community Fund.
United Way of the Greater Triangle is currently in the midst of its Request For Proposals process, which happens every other year and will ultimately decide which local nonprofits the organization will fund between July 2021 and June 2023. The nonprofits selected during this process will be the ones to receive the additional funds raised through the Band Together event. The two organizations plan to announce that official list this May.