Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has conveyed big thanks to his fan, named Shekhar Kumar, for being the top bidder of the auction of his drum and saving the future of live music with his generous support to NITO and NIVA.

As the pandemic of COVID-19 hit the music industry hard, lots of musicians began to search for ways to cope with the current economic crisis they faced, especially in the live music sector. Metallica star Lars Ulrich took his part among these names and teamed up with nonprofit organizations that aim to save our stages.

Ulrich auctioned one of his drums to help the National Independent Talent Organization, as well as the National Independent Venue Association, whose purpose is to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live event venues and promoters throughout the US.

Both NITO and NIVA initiated a project to ask senators and representatives to provide long-term assistance for shuttered businesses, provide relief through tax credits, and support for live event workers and artists.

In his latest thank you message, Ulrich invited his fans to join the acts of these organizations to ensure the survival of small independent music businesses in such a chaotic time, and fight to keep this community alive until it’s safe again.

Here’s what Lars Ulrich said in his latest Instagram post:

“A big fuck yeah and thank you to Shekhar Kumar from Weehawken, NJ for being the top bidder of the auction of this drum-drum to support NITO & NIVA and doing his part to help save live music!

If you can, please join NITO and NIVA to ensure the survival of small independent music businesses and to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent venues and promoters throughout the United States in support of the ‘Save Live Music’ campaign.”

You can see the post below and check out the ‘Save Our Stages’ campaign here.