The National recently announced they plan to help support their touring crew "family" who is currently out of work because of the live show's the band has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (they also have had to cancel their Homecoming festival).
Last week, the band announced that they will be supporting their 12 member touring crew - by dotting all of the proceeds from their official online merch sales and new fanclub memberships to their 'family' who has been out of work due to the band having to cancel shows because of the Coronavirus
They are taking things a little further now - with what they are calling “communal events” - releasing content from “our vaults, classic live sets, or some unseen/rarely seen footage to pass the time at home” each Monday. The releases will be accompanied by a fundraising effort found here.
“Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. If you are enjoying these concerts and would like to continue to support, you can donate here,”
The band's first release - a classic 57 minute set from the 2013 Hurricane Festival in Scheeßel Germany.
The National - Live From Hurricane Festival (June 21, 2013)
The band reiterates the philanthropic mission behind the release -
Please support our crew:
Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we’ve worked together. As uncertainty looms over the state of the live concert industry, we will direct all profits from merch sales through our webstore, new Cherry Tree enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability.