Despite reports, Morgan Wallen has donated $ 500,000 to black-led organizations: here’s how
Morgan Wallen is keeping his pledge to donate $ 500,000 to the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) and other black-led and owned organizations.
The singer-songwriter’s manager Seth England clarified his contributions to various black groups for UNITED STATES TODAY Wednesday following a Rolling Stone report questioning whether Wallen had honored his philanthropic pledge.
The publication alleged that “the money seems largely MIA” after claiming to contact 56 black-run or black-founded charities at state, regional and national levels. The report stated that it was “not clear if Wallen actually donated” to an organization other than BMAC, which told Rolling Stone that it received “money” from Wallen, but the amount of the donation. $ 500,000 “seems exceptionally misleading”.
England confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY, along with documents documenting his contributions, “$ 300,000 to BMAC on behalf of 20 people who advised him after the incident when he said the N word during a These individuals had the option of transferring their respective donations of $ 15,000 to a charity of their choice, or keeping the money with BMAC.
$ 165,000 of funds pledged to BMAC remained with the organization. According to documents reviewed by USA TODAY, “the remaining $ 135,000 was distributed to several smaller charities at the choice of individuals.”
New York City Youth Choir, Dream center for teens, Beatrice W. Welters Breast Health Awareness and Navigation Program, Right hand foundation were among the smaller charities that the 20 people chose to donate to.
The remaining funds ($ 100,000) from Wallen’s $ 500,000 pledge will be distributed to black-led organizations in Tennessee by the end of 2021, according to England.
Wallen’s label and management team said the singer / songwriter has made strides in educating himself and improving since his use of racial insult earlier this year.
“We’ve been a part of Morgan’s life for over five years and we are grateful that we got to know him and his heart. We know who he is and who he strives to be. We see the work he is doing and are confident in the action he is taking, ”Big Loud partners Craig Wiseman, Joey Moi and England said in an exclusive statement to USA TODAY.
Wallen’s pledge to donate to various black organizations came in July when he appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss his use of racial insult.
“Before this incident my album was already doing well,” Wallen said. “He was already well received by critics and fans. My team and I noticed that every time this incident happened, there was an increase in my sales. So we tried to calculate the number of – how much it actually increased from that incident. “
When totaling the increase in sales, it was determined to be “approximately $ 500,000”.
.@ABC EXCLUSIVE NEWS: @MorganWallen reveals to @michaelstrahan he spent 30 days in rehab after the incident and says he donated the money from his peak album sales to black organizations. https://t.co/PXMd3zA5En pic.twitter.com/BAZI4uFXXf
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Rolling stone has since corrected his story with new details about Wallen’s donations.
Additionally, Wallen’s label Big Loud Records donated $ 100,000 on behalf of the East Tennessee native to Rock Against Racism, according to association founder Cory Brennan. The funds donated will go to “education and action plans for the organization,” Brennan said.
Rock Against Racism “is a non-profit organization made up of a collective of musicians, artists and music industry leaders pursuing the crucial work of combating systemic racism.”
Earlier this month, the “Wasted On You” singer returned to the stage for his first official headlining performance in some time.
The concert, which raised more than $ 725,000 for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, nicknamed Morgan Wallen & Friends, supported those affected by the recent devastation caused by flooding in Middle Tennessee. Wallen was joined by Dierks Bentley, HARDY, Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson, Josh Thompson, ERNEST, Ben Burgess, Jared Mullins and Lathan Warlick at the Nashville Music Works Marathon for the sold-out benefit show.
Additionally, Wallen’s latest project, Dangerous: The Double Album, was recently nominated for CMA Album of the Year at the 2021 CMA Awards. The nomination came despite not being eligible to receive nominations in individual CMA Award categories, including Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
He was also added to the rotation on Country Radio with his single “Sand In My Boots,” a song that featured on his record double album.