Tim Bergling Foundation

The Tim Bergling Foundation is a foundation created by the family of the Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, known as Avicii, to "honour his memory and continue to act in his spirit".[1][2] Avicii died by suicide in 2018, probably the result of prolonged mental health issues.[3][4] The foundation was originally set up to tackle mental health awareness and suicide prevention in order to help prevent other families from experiencing similar events; however, was later expanded to work on climate change, protection of endangered species, business management, and nature conservation.[1][5][2]

Tim Bergling Foundation
Formation26 March 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-26)
Founders
TypeCharity
PurposePrimary
Mental health awareness and suicide prevention
Other
Climate change, protection of endangered species, business management, and wildlife conservation
Websitetimberglingfoundation.org

HistoryEdit

The Tim Bergling Foundation was announced by the family of Avicii on 26 March 2019.[1] Following the inspiration of Avicii's philanthropy including House for Hunger, Tim Bergling's family stated "Tim wanted to make a difference — starting a foundation in his name is our way to honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit".[5]

A posthumous album by Avicii titled Tim was released on 6 June 2019 with all of the proceeds going to the foundation.[6] Avicii had been working on the album before his death and collaborators including Chris Martin, Vargas & Lagola, and Aloe Blacc were enlisted to finish the work.[7][8] In addition, an official biography written by Måns Mosesson is set for release in 2020 with all proceeds also going to the foundation.[9]

During 2019's International Music Summit, Tim's father, Klas Bergling, spoke out about the importance of recognizing and treating the early signs of deteriorating mental health, anxiety, and depression for performing artists and those working in the music industry, and outlining factors that can contribute to such conditions. He also outlined the work which the foundation wishes to achieve in order to help combat such issues.[10]

Avicii Tribute ConcertEdit

Pictures from the concert.

On 5 December 2019, the foundation held the Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The concert saw David Guetta, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, and Laidback Luke headlining, along with a number of vocalists that Tim had worked with including Aloe Blacc, Sandro Cavazza, Rita Ora, Dan Tyminski, Adam Lambert, Vincent Pontare, Audra Mae and Salem Al Fakir and others. A 30-piece orchestra was in place, fulfilling one of Tim's dreams for his music in a live setting. All profits went to the Tim Bergling Foundation.[11] Following the start of ticket sales, the concert sold out in 30 minutes.[12] A total of 58,163 people attended, a record attendance for the Friends Arena.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Avicii's Family Establish Tim Bergling Foundation". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  2. ^ a b "Avicii's family start the Tim Bergling Foundation in support of mental health". DJMag.com. March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Avicii's cause of death revealed: Report". May 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Saunders, Emmeline; Newman, Vicki (May 1, 2018). "Avicii's tragic cause of death revealed". mirror.
  5. ^ a b Blistein, Jon (2019-03-26). "Avicii's Family Launches Foundation to Address Mental Health, Suicide Prevention". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  6. ^ "Avicii's Team Announces Posthumous Album 'Tim'". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  7. ^ Farber, Jim (2019-04-05). "Avicii's Death Left Many Questions. Will His New Music Provide Answers?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  8. ^ "Avicii's Posthumous Album 'Tim' Arriving This Summer". April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ "An official Avicii biography will be released in 2020". DJMag.com. April 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Avicii's Dad Speaks Out About His Son's Death & Mental Health Publicly for the First Time". Your EDM. May 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "Tribute concert to be held in honour of Avicii in Stockholm". mixmag.net.
  12. ^ "Avicii Tribute Concert Sells Out In Minutes". Your EDM. September 5, 2019.
  13. ^ "AVICII TRIBUTE CONCERT SLÅR NYTT REKORD IKVÄLL PÅ FRIENDS ARENA" (in Swedish). stockholmlive.com.

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