Late-night hosts will help stream a COVID-19 benefit concert on April 18th

Christine Fisher
Contributing Writer
The WHO and Global Citizen will host a virtual benefit concert on April 18th.

On April 18th, late night hosts and celebrities will participate in One World: Together At Home, a virtual benefit concert to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The multi-hour digital broadcast will stream on several platforms, including Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube, as well as traditional TV networks, like ABC, NBC and ViacomCBS.

Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will host the fundraiser, and musicians from Billie Eilish to Alanis Morissette, Chris Martin, Elton John, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves are scheduled to perform. Proceeds from the event, which is being organized by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization, will help get protective equipment to healthcare workers and support charities providing food and shelter to those in need.

It’s rare that programming is shown virtually everywhere, especially across both streaming and conventional TV. The concert is a reminder that, in some ways, the pandemic is bringing people together. Hopefully, the far-reaching broadcast will help generate much-needed funds. It’s also another example of musicians and comedians finding new ways to reach audiences virtually, now that venues and studios are shut down.

The benefit will be broadcast live on Saturday, April 18th at 5PM PT (8PM ET). BBC One will run the program on Sunday, April 19th.