Over the past year, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s 2020 charity collaboration ‘Stuck With U’ – which was released on May 8, 2020 – has raised $3.5 million for the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
In working with their manager Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and their labels Def Jam Recordings (Bieber) and Republic Records (Grande), the team donated 100% of the proceeds from the song’s streams and sales to the foundation.
The First Responders Children’s Foundation then redirected the funds to thousands of families of first responders, including healthcare workers, paramedics, firefighters, and EMTs who have fought the pandemic on the frontlines ever since COVID-19 boomed.
Vice president of philanthropy for SB Projects, Shaun Nep, stated, ‘As the world was shutting down, we were looking for ways we could make a tangible impact as it has always been Scooter’s priority that SB Projects and our artists give back’.
‘We were so thrilled to partner with the First Responders Children’s Foundation who have been supporting those on the frontlines of the pandemic, as well as their families. Over a year later, we are so proud to see how much has been raised and what has been accomplished. We thank the Foundation for their leadership and commitment to this work.’, he added.
The First Responders Children’s Foundation will now allocate the money for scholarships for children, temporary housing for self-quarantine purposes, and funerals of first responders and their family members who died of COVID-19.
Jillian Crane, president of the Foundation, shared; ‘The generosity, and support that Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun have shown the men and women on the front lines of this ongoing pandemic has been a surreal and humbling experience for us’.