The Material World Foundation, originally founded by George Harrison in 1973, has launched the Inner Light Challenge to raise $100,000 toward the benefit of those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
As detailed on Friday, the challenge calls for participants to try their hand performing the Beatles song “Inner Light,” which was written by Harrison and appeared originally a non-album single released in 1968 as the b-side to “Lady Madonna.”
Explained Olivia Harrison:
“These lyrics sung by George are a positive reminder to all of us who are isolating, in quarantine or respecting the request to shelter in place. Let’s get and stay connected at this difficult time. There are things we can do to help and we invite you to share your Inner Light.”
We've been enjoying all of your Inner Light Challenge posts, it's not too late to join in. Let this song be your guide. Sing it, play it, hum it, strum it, paint it, chant it or meditate to share the love with the hashtag #innerlight2020 More info here: https://t.co/sJjAglq7pB pic.twitter.com/embHpUGZWt
— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) March 27, 2020
As an example of the Inner Light Challenge, here is a performance of the song by George and Olivia’s son, musician Dhani Harrison:
Per a news release, the Inner Light Challenge has thus far received support for the initiative from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Rita Wilson, Jim James, Mike Campbell, Jewel, Young the Giant, Lukas and Micah Nelson, Susanna Hoffs, Richard Marx and Daniel Lanois.
Following a donation of $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) charities, which are providing much needed aid and care during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation launched The Inner Light Challenge to raise a further $100,000. The challenge is asking people to share their take on The Beatles song ‘The Inner Light’ with the hashtag #innerlight2020.
Here are more specifications regarding how you can participate: