A+E Networks’ upcoming special, “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America,” will air across more than 135 territories internationally, the company announced Monday.
Airing on Nov. 20 in the U.S. across A+E’s portfolio of networks — A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, H2, LMN and FYI — as well as on iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio digital platform, the concert will feature performances from Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pharrell Williams, among others. The special will include a series of duets “focused on creating reconciliation and positive change across communities around the world,” according to a network release.
Internationally, the concert will air between Nov. 21 and December 15 on Lifetime and A&E Networks across the globe, after being recorded at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Nov. 18.
The special is the vanguard of A+E Networks’ worldwide campaign to confront issues of race, and promote unity and progress on racial equity.
“As a global media company, A+E Networks has the privilege of being invited into the homes of millions of people around the world every day and believe that it is our responsibility to use this incredible platform to inform as well as entertain. By shining a light on the uncomfortable truth that racial inequity and bias still impact our society, we are looking to inspire people to go beyond short-lived, symbolic gestures,” said Nancy Dubuc, President & CEO of A+E Networks.
The concert and its tie-ins aim to raise money for the Fund for Progress on Race in America, powered by United Way Worldwide, which will provide grant funding to individuals and organizations that work to foster understanding and eliminate bias, as well as providing support to Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in South Carolina and the broader A.M.E. denomination. The fund is said to support efforts to address racism and bias through public policy change, individual innovation, and community mobilization.
“Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” is produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions in conjunction with A+E Networks and iHeartMedia. “Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions and Ken Ehrlich Productions in conjunction with A&E Network. For Ken Ehrlich Productions, EPs are Ken Ehrlich and Rac Clark, with Renato Basile producing. David Wild and Phil Gallo will write, while Leon Knoles will direct. Jeanmarie Condon is senior exec producer for Lincoln Square Productions, with Roxanna Sherwood serving as EP. A+E Networks exec producers are Paul Buccieri, Rob Sharenow, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Dan Silberman.
A+E will also produce an ongoing series of roundtable discussions in communities nationwide to address the impact of racial inequality, as well as facilitating local and national speakers in addressing “the power of unity and the detrimental impact of hate on our nation,” and creating a series of multiplatform PSAs to support the initiative.