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Covid 19 Becomes a Motivating Force for Geoff Erwin

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/8/20 – Singer/songwriter/comedian Geoff Erwin is thoroughly excited about his first virtual fundraising concert, which raises money for The First Responders Children’s Foundation. 

Geoff Erwin

Erwin will be premiering several songs from his original album, including the song “What’s Right” at the virtual benefit concert. To watch the performance, head to or watch on

“I’ve been working on a folk pop album over the last 6 months,” said Erwin, who is also executive producing the live performance event. “We were heading into Final Mixing right when the Covid pandemic hit.” Even with all that was happening, Erwin wanted to give back to the community.


“That put a major crimp in our plans, and yours too…  I was feeling kind of helpless.  I heard a story on NPR’s ‘This American Life,’ where an EMT in New York had to handle 13 Covid-related Cardiac Arrests in one 16-hour shift.  None of them survived.  I can’t imagine what that must be like.  

He continued: “This guy’s out there risking his life every day, gearing up for each and every case he sees, and what am I doing?  That’s when I realized how much I wanted to put together a benefit concert.” The First Responders Children’s Foundation is a top notch, vetted charity, which helps children of First Responders who have died in the line of duty.  LGBTQ icon Elton John had chosen them as his charity for his #TogetherAtHome concert.  

“They have a Covid Relief Fund that gets masks to First Responders, and gives grants to First Responder families in need,” explained Erwin, “I love how they kick ass.”

Erwin’s goal is to give people a unique concert experience, where “catharsis” takes place. 


“We all need to release some of this tension that’s been building up—this is my recipe,” enthused Erwin. I’ve been shooting drone footage of Los Angeles in these times, and putting together videos to play behind me as I play live.  It’s definitely something I’ve never seen before.  Also, I intend to raise a mountain of money to make a massive difference for those who are risking their lives to save ours.  

If you are watching Erwin’s performance and want to give him a shout out, use @1stRCF, #FirstRespondersStrong, #1stRCF, #GeoffErwin in your posts


The concert is also on Instagram live

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.