UPDATE #2 (2/12): Black Pumas, Cage the Elephant and Annie Lennox have been added to the 34th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert lineup.
“Our team is thrilled, not only to be a part of this esteemed event as the exclusive livestream partner, but also to flex our services as a top-to-bottom producer,” said Mary Kay Huse, CEO of Mandolin, which is co-producing the event. “We have been working around the clock alongside the Tibet House, from concepting creative and running production to managing artist booking and offering fundraising support. This partnership has given us the opportunity to demonstrate how we can take livestream services beyond just streaming as we produce an unforgettable show that will be accessible across the nation for the first time.”
UPDATE (1/26): The 34th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert has added several more artists to its lineup: The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson of Chocolate Genius, Inc. The virtual show will also feature Tessa Thompson and Saori Tsukada.
Composer Philip Glass once again curated the show’s lineup, which also features Brittany Howard, Valerie June, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, and Rubin Kodheli. The Dalai Lama is also set to open the show with a recorded video message. Additional performers will be announced soon.
The yearly show, which usually takes place at Carnegie Hall in New York City, will broadcast virtually via Mandolin and feature a mix of live and pre-recorded segments. Tickets are on sale now via the Tibet House and Mandolin websites starting at $25. A variety of merchandise bundles are also available, as are special sponsor level “cyber-tables” starting at $5,000.
All proceeds from the concert will benefit Tibet House U.S., a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded in 1987 to “ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization.”
The Tibet House Benefit Concert usually features a handful of familiar faces each year, and so far Anderson, Bridgers, and Choegyal are among those who performed at the 2020 show that will return this year. The show also usually features some unique collaborations, with the 2020 edition boasting Iggy Pop and Anderson performing the Lou Reed-penned “We Are the People,” and Patti Smith closing the show with her 1988 anthem, “People Have the Power,” featuring every performer from the evening.