The Grammy-winning singer made the announcement at a show in the state on Saturday night.
Live Nation and Bruno Mars will be redirecting funds from the performance to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Due to insufficient treatment an estimated more than 100,000 residents were exposed to tainted water with high levels of lead, which as been linked to an increase in Legionnaires’ disease and other health issues.
“I’m very thankful to the MI audience for joining me in supporting this cause”, Bruno said in a during the show. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it is important that we do not forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster.
The artist has performed in Europe and recently kicked off the North American leg of the tour in Las Vegas (28Jun17). The foundation Oliver runs is helping to deal with the ongoing fallout from the 2014 Flint water crisis, which started when the city made a decision to use the Flint River as its source of water. Due to insufficient water treatment, it was later found to contain unsafe levels of lead.
Mars’ album “24K Magic” was released in November 2016 and has sold over 2 million copies. Replacement of lead pipes is not expected to be completed until 2020.