Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and Sting to perform in benefit concert

By Saige Miller on May 5, 2020
Billy Joel benefit concert
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Billy Joel perfroms at Billy Joel In Concert – New York, New York at Madison Square Garden on May 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

By: Saige Miller

Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and Sting will be performing in a benefit concert for low-income New Yorkers impacted by the coronavirus.

The benefit concert, Rise Up New York!, is in partnership with Robin Hood, an organization aimed at supporting “low-income New Yorkers escape poverty’s grasp.”

Those three icons aren’t the only people making an appearance at the benefit. Big names like Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon, Spike Lee, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bette Midler, Christopher Jackson, Ben Platt and New York Giants players Eli Manning will be at the remote event.

Even though influential people in every aspect of media will be attending the virtual benefit, the event was created to hear the voices of those drastically impacted by the virus. The event will showcase narratives of those working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

“New York City is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has created a whole new set of challenges for the millions of New Yorkers who already struggled to make ends meet,” Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore said in a statement. “This is a moment where we rise up together as a community in support of our neighbors and in support of one another.”

Every single dime raised during the benefit will go directly to support Robin Hood’s efforts.

Rise Up New York! will be hosted by the one and only Tina Fey and will take place on May, 11th at 7 PM ET. You can live stream the event on CNBC, SiriusXM, and iHeartMedia.