Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Reveals Full Lineup for Virtual Fest and Partners With Artist Relief to Aid Struggling Musicians

By: Chris Willman
Variety magazine

Hirsch Philanthropy Partners’ client, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, is featured in an article covering the upcoming festival on October 3.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the festival that would have been drawing tens of thousands to San Francisco on the first weekend of October under other circumstances, has announced the final lineup for a virtual festival that will be taking its place Oct. 3. The festival also revealed that it is partnering with Artist Relief for the charitable component of the online festival and has already donated $1 million to the organization.

The “Let the Music Play ON” broadcast will air Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. PT/5 ET on Circle TV, HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Facebook page, and Nugs.TV.

The $1 million donation to Artist Relief being made by HSB will go to musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The org, launched in April, is a fund that provides $5,000 grants to artists facing extreme financial stress due to the current situation. Tax-deductible donations can be made here. The org says 100% of donations go directly to aiding musicians.

The festival’s organizers previously announced a Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund: Bay Area, a $1.5 million charitable initiative aimed directly at assisting Bay Area musicians affected by the pandemic.

Full details about the broadcast and its lineup can be found here.

Read the full article in Variety magazine, here.