On June 20 Melissa Etheridge debuted Etheridge TV, her own live streaming channel and during her one-hour “Heal M.E.” concert, she announced something very close to her heart, The Etheridge Foundation. Three months and countless performances and chats later, she will be holding her first official fundraiser to benefit the foundation. On October 11, fans can tune in to Etheridge TV for a two-hour special concert beginning at 6pm EDT/3pm PDT. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Etheridge TV, with all profits going to the foundation.
“I wanted to walk the walk of what’s next which, for me, is helping,” says Etheridge. She goes on, “The Etheridge Foundation was established to raise funds for research into what we can do with this disease that takes so many young people. This is something I want to bring a light to, to move forward and to bring more understanding and more healing. I hope you’ll join me on October 11.”
Through The Etheridge foundation, the singer hopes to raise money to support healthy new research into the causes and effects of opioid addiction. She wants to partner with and support organizations that delve into new ways of understanding and treating underlying mental health issues in conjunction with drug addiction. She hopes to find ways for people to seek treatment outside of pharmaceutical norms and find new answers and relief for those suffering from the devastating effects of addiction.