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NITO

OK GO and others unite to help touring artists during the COVID-19 pandemic

They will donate stringed instruments for a relief auction

As BrooklynVegan and other outlets report, Thurston Moore, J. Mascis, Kurt Vile, Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, John Mellencamp, The War on Drugs, Nathaniel Rateliff, Steve Martin, OK GO, Leon Bridges, Graham Nash, Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Weezer, George Benson, Nick Lowe, Fall Out Boy, and more have donated guitars and other stringed instruments to an online auction that will benefit the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO).

This is a nonprofit organization composed of 1,000+ independent talent agencies, management firms, touring entities, and more fighting for pandemic relief for the touring industry.

As guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani said in a statement, “[t]hese good people are an essential part of our local and international community. Without them, the live music scene will collapse. The current pandemic is mercilessly putting our collective health and livelihoods in great jeopardy. NITO can make our voices heard in Congress and Washington. Please join me in lending your support.”

NITO’s Guitar and Stringed Instrument Auction launched on Thursday, December 3, and will continue through Sunday, December 13. You can check out the full list of artists who’ve donated instruments within the promo image, and check out the items up for bid at the auction site.

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