Heavy metal band Metallica and their charity, the All Within My Hands Foundation, will be expanding their Metallica Scholars Initiative to financially support more community colleges.
The band started the Metallica Scholars Initiative in 2019 with support for 10 community colleges in the United States. Last year, that number expanded to 15 schools and in 2021, the initiative will offer support to 23 community colleges. The band’s foundation will invest $1.6 million for selected schools. Additionally, a contribution will come from Wolverine Boots and Apparel.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield said in a statement:
“It has been amazing to see this program continue to grow and thrive. I get so grateful hearing from those who benefit from our grant. Hearing their story of doubt to direction. From those who are able to pursue additional education leading directly to meaningful employment. It gave us confidence that we are doing the right thing and inspired us to do even more. We are very proud and excited to work with additional schools encouraging even more Metallica Scholars to pursue a profession in the skilled trades.”
Even with the pandemic shutting down in-person classes, the band's financial support has positively impacted schools. Metallica's money benefited more than 1,000 students at the 15 colleges that participated in the initiative last year. In fact, Charlotte’s Central Piedmont Community College reported that 97.6% of its Metallica Scholars who were scheduled to graduate in the spring or summer of last year did so.
Metallica's Scholars Initiative isn't the only charitable work the band is up to. This week, Metallica raised funds for their foundation with a new installment of their Metallica Mondays streaming concert series. This week’s concert was filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska, on September 6th, 2018.
“This year, all proceeds raised will benefit our longtime partners at Feeding America and Direct Relief,” drummer Lars Ulrich said in the concert's intro. “This special Metallica Mondays is part of a month of activities with many ways that you can give back in addition to the opportunity to donate while you’re watching this video.”
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Article Image: Metallica at the mtvICON honoring Metallica in 2003. (s_bukley via DepositPhotos.)