The Canceled Disney Benefit Concert Hosted By Broadway Cares Is Back On! As all performers know, the show must go on! Broadway Cares had previously announced a special Disney Benefit Concert called, Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway, to raise funds to help relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.
All seemed well until the benefit hit a snag this week when The American Federation of Musicians would not waive the fees associated with streaming performances of Disney Music professionally online, and the benefit was canceled.
That is, until the International President of The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Ray Hair, changed his tune at the last minute and approved the waiving of all fees associated with the stream so the charitable event could take place.
Hair stated, “We stand in solidarity with our fellow entertainment workers in Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. We believe all musicians should be fairly compensated for their work all of the time, but we also believe that we must do everything possible to support entertainment workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.
We fully support the union musicians who have graciously offered to forgo all required payments to allow this charity event to move forward.”
The original stream was meant to take place tonight (April 13th) at 7pm EST, but with the late switch Broadway Cares is looking to postpone the event for a later date to better prepare for the charitable stream.
It is currently unknown if all previously announced performers will be a part of the postponed Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway.
This is a developing story. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Disney!
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