Music Against Homelessness: Artists poised to raise vital funds as crisis deepens

WHILE HOMELESSNESS RISE, performers prepare to raise much-needed funds for charity at an intimate acoustic show.

The show, which has been rejected by the Sunday Independent and the Belfast Telegraph and features some of Ireland’s most popular artists, will raise money for the Simon Community Northern Ireland.

It takes place on Saturday 10th September at the legendary Europa Hotel in Belfast. This evening some of the country’s most popular artists including Brian Kennedy, Dea Matrona, Gareth Dunlop, Andrew Strong, Odhran Murphy and Eddie Booth will perform acoustic sets.

Starbucks is sponsoring the event and has announced a fundraiser for the day asking all customers across Northern Ireland to donate £1 to Simon Community NI.

Jim Dennison, Chief Executive of Simon Community Northern Ireland, said: “In our 50th year, we are seeing an increase in homelessness as the cost of living forces people to make troubling decisions on a daily basis, whether to heat their homes or support their families . More than ever we need to raise awareness about homelessness, poverty and the health consequences that come with it.

“By partnering with Music Against Homelessness, we want to give a voice to people affected by homelessness, shine a spotlight on those who work tirelessly in the industry to make change happen, and highlight our charity’s impact in ending homelessness . One project supported with the money raised is our Creating Homes initiative, where our charity buys and manages 50 properties for clients ready to live independently.”

Performing artist Brian Kenneday said: “Homelessness cannot be allowed to take a back seat during this ongoing pandemic.

“It’s a pandemic all of its own and it’s up to us to keep up the pressure and do whatever we can to alleviate the misery. No one chooses to be homeless and we are hosting this fundraiser concert to raise much needed funds and awareness. Please help if you can by purchasing a ticket and showing those less fortunate that we care about what is happening so quietly on our streets.”

Celine Gilmer, Starbucks Ireland Group Marketing & Category Director added: “Here at Starbucks Ireland we are proud and honored to support Music Against Homelessness and the selfless work of the Simon Community Northern Ireland.

“In the wake of the pandemic, homelessness remains a major problem that we must continue to address head-on.

“With the current cost of living crisis, the work of charities like the Simon Community is more important than ever. Starbucks Ireland was built on a sense of community and support, two ideals around which Music Against Homelessness & the Simon Community revolve.

“We’ve gotten through the past few years supporting each other; this is another wonderful opportunity for us to continue to do just that. We invite everyone to support the Music Against Homelessness concert on September 10th in Belfast.”

Edward McCann, Director of Publishing Operations at Mediahuis Ireland, publisher of the Sunday Independent and the Belfast Telegraph, said: “Mediahuis is delighted to partner with the Simon Community to host the inaugural Music Against Homelessness concert in Belfast. Media and music can be combined to send a powerful message and we hope to raise awareness as well as funds. We are very grateful to everyone who dedicates their time to this important project.”

Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster and cost £15 + booking fee, with all profits donated to the Simon Community. Music Against Homelessness: Artists poised to raise vital funds as crisis deepens

Fry Electronics Team

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