A+E Networks and iHeartMedia are teaming to raise awareness about race relations in America, spurred by the horrific shooting at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The companies will co-present “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America,” a benefit concert with an all-star roster that includes performances by Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pharrell Williams.
The concert, produced by Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich, will take place on Nov. 18, from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will air across A+E Networks (A&E, Lifetime, History, H2, LMN and FYI) two days later on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. iHeartMedia will support the concert across its radio stations and iHeartRadio digital platform.
Additionally, A&E will present a one-hour special “Conversations on Race in America,” immediately following the concert at 10 p.m. The concert, which will benefit the Fund For Progress on Race in America Powered, will feature duets, something Ehrlich has perfected with the Grammys telecast. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The current racial situation in America is at a critical point,” said Ehrlich. “Today’s musical artists, much like those of the civil rights movement’s history, have strong feelings about what’s going on today, and we’re hopeful that Shining a Light does, in fact, give a voice to their concerns, their hopes, and their thinking about solutions to the alarming events that we see around us every day.”