Posted May 11, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Dave Burd Hosting Virtual Concert to Benefit Safe Place for Youth

Safe and Sound
Safe and Sound

Founded in 2011, Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.), a Venice Beach, CA-based community non-profit organization, focuses on providing support to homeless youth in Los Angeles. 

The nonprofit just announced Safe and Sound, a virtual benefit concert that will take place on at 8pm ET on May 19. Hosted by Lil Dicky (aka Dave Burd), Safe and Sound will feature performances by Aloe Blacc, Matt Berninger of the National, Grouplove, Young the Giant and six musicians from S.P.Y.’s own youth music program. Giada de Laurentiis will lead a quarantine cooking intermission.

“I started coming to S.P.Y. over two years ago,” says S.P.Y. music program member and Safe and Sound performer Relly D in a press relesae. “This organization changed my life and offered a place where I could be just me. I am so happy to be a part of this concert to raise awareness for S.P.Y. and youth homelessness.  S.P.Y. is all LOVE.”

“I am very happy to be a part of Safe Place for Youth’s Safe and Sound benefit concert,” adds Aloe Blacc. “It is really important right now for people to come together to help support our homeless youth and vulnerable members of our population. I hope this concert can also bring some uplifting moments to people in their homes.”

S.P.Y. aims to “inspire, nurture, and empower the resilient human spirit of homeless youth by providing immediate and lasting solutions.”

In the midst of the current pandemic, the youth whom S.P.Y. serves are at an increased risk of complications if they contract COVID-19. According to a report published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, “Homeless individuals infected by COVID-19 would be twice as likely to be hospitalized, two to four times as likely to require critical care, and two to three times as likely to die than the general population.”

S.P.Y.’s residential programs are still up and running 24/7. The concert will help to raise funds in place of previous scheduled fundraising events that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited about the Safe and Sound Concert and all of the support we have received from the community and this amazing lineup of artists,” says Alison Hurst, Founder and Executive Director of Safe Place for Youth. “Our team of dedicated professionals are on the frontline every day, working hard to provide safety to our young people. The funds and awareness raised during this concert will help us to carry out our commitment to our mission of ending youth homelessness, in our community and beyond.”


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