- Annie Lennox curates auction with special performances and gifts offered by Taylor Swift, Hozier, and more artists to benefit marginalized women around the world impacted by COVID-19.
Annie Lennox, singer-songwriter and founder of the feminist NGO The Circle, has curated The Circle Music Auction on Tuesday to help raise funds to support women and girls around the world that are disproportionally impacted by growing pressures and challenges of domestic violence and hunger felt in full force due to COVID-19.
The auction welcomes fans to bid on performances, autographed outfits and guitars, personal messages and more by artists who have joined The Circle’s global Covid-19 Emergency Appeal to provide food and hygiene packages, legal aid and ten days of safe refuge to marginalized women and girls.
Taylor Swift joins Lennox and other artists by offering an autographed acoustic guitar. Lennox, Sting, Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, Yola, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Hozier, Anoushka Shankar, Jack Savoretti, Skin (Skunk Anansie), Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) and Frank Turner have also donated two exclusive live performances paired with a personal message to be made to the highest bidder and one for a sweepstakes winner.
“The crisis for thousands of women living in poverty is acute. Many no longer have any income, are suffering domestic violence and have nowhere to turn,” Lennox announced in a press release. “I am delighted that such incredible musicians are stepping up to join me and offer support.”
The Circle Music Auction will also feature kindly donated gifts by musicians, which includes an Alberta Ferreti silk dress worn by Lennox for performances, a signed outfit worn by Madison Beer for her ‘Good in Goodbye’ video shoot, and a virtual afternoon tea and two song performances by BRITs Rising Star Award Winner, Celeste.
“The COVID pandemic has turned the work upside down and recent events have rightly seen an outpouring of support for marginalized communities. The Circle stands in solidarity,” said Raakhi Shah, The Circle CEO, in the release. “It has long been there for the world’s most vulnerable women and girls and we continue to provide support at a time of great urgency with the launch of The Circle Music Auction.”
Fans may enter the live auction on the Charity Stars auction page until July 10, and sweepstakes competition until July 31.