Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile & More Join NITO Instrument Auction

By Nate Todd Dec 3, 2020 10:06 am PST

Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Leon Bridges, Kurt Vile and more are among the artists donating instruments to the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) for their “Guitar and Stringed Instruments Auction.” The auction kicks off today via Charitybuzz and stretches to Sunday, December 13.

NITO is a nonprofit organization made up of over 1,000 independent talent agencies, management firms, associate artists and live touring entities which makes sure that the “live touring industry has a united voice both in Washington D.C. and in a rapidly changing economy,” as per a press release.

Additional artists donating to the instrument auction include George Benson, David Bromberg, Mike Doughty, Fall Out Boy, Steve Forbert, Tom Higgenson / Plain White T’s, Jack Johnson, Will Kimbrough, Mark Knopfler, Sonny Landreth, Tommy Lee, Nick Lowe, Steve Martin, J Mascis, John Mellencamp, Pat Metheny, Jim Miller, Thurston Moore, Tim O’Brien, OK Go, John Petrucci, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bill Reynolds, Los Straitjackets, Lars Ulrich, Steve Vai, The War On Drugs, Weezer, Joe Satriani and Chris Smither.

Both guitarist Joe Satriani and singer-songwriter Chris Smither stressed the importance of NITO’s work in statements. Read their words below:

Joe Satriani:

These 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.

“Music is the lifeblood for many: music fans in front of the stage, those who work backstage, and the performers on the stage,” Smither added. “NITO is fighting the fight for musicians and all those who make live music happen so everyone the world over may continue to enjoy the thrill and joy of hearing music in person.”

Head to NITO’s website for more info on their numerous initiatives to save live music.

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