In response to the safety and security failure at his Astroworld Festival that led to disaster, Travis Scott has launched a new event safety initiative called Project HEAL through his Cactus Jack Foundation.
Project HEAL is a long-term series of community-based philanthropic initiatives aimed at helping the youth, when it comes to academic scholarships, mental health resources and event safety.
The rapper will back the initiative with a $5 million funding commitment, while a portion of proceeds from Scott’s “upcoming product launches” will also go towards the initiative, according to an announcement on the Project HEAL website.
“Over the past few months I’ve been taking the time and space to grieve, reflect and do my part to heal my community,” Scott wrote on Instagram. “Most importantly, I want to use my resources and platform moving forward towards actionable change.”
“This will be a lifelong journey for me and my family. While it’s easy for corporations and institutions to stay in the shadows, I feel as a leader in my community, I need to step up in times of need. My team and I created Project HEAL to take much needed action towards supporting real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be. I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever,” he added.
Last November, 10 people were killed and hundreds injured at Astroworld due to a crowd rush before the start of Scott’s headlining set.
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