SiriusXM’s The Billy Joel Channel will broadcast ‘Rise Up New York!’ benefit to support New Yorkers affected by COVID-19

The Billy Joel Channel will return to SiriusXM for 24 hours to broadcast “Rise Up New York!” a relief benefit to raise awareness and funds for New Yorkers whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19.

Matt Simeone
May 8, 2020

The Billy Joel Channel will return to SiriusXM for 24 hours on Monday, May 11 to broadcast “Rise Up New York!” a relief benefit to raise awareness and funds to help New Yorkers whose lives have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19. Tune in to The Billy Joel Channel, which will take over The Bridge (Ch. 32), for free on Monday, May 11 at 7pm ET to hear the special broadcast.

The relief benefit show will bring together New York City’s biggest musicians, actors, chefs, and more with one common goal: to raise funds for New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, Robin Hood, and their relief and recovery efforts, deployed directly to the organizations on the frontlines that serve the city’s most vulnerable during the current crisis and its aftermath. Donations will provide support for food, shelter, cash assistance, health and mental health, legal services, education, and more – helping fellow New Yorkers rebuild their lives as the city moves toward recovery and beyond.

The one-hour benefit special will be hosted by Tina Fey. Appearances will include New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Christopher Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, David Chang, Idina Menzel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Fallon, Julianne Moore, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah, and New York Giants Super Bowl champions Eli Manning, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, and Phil Simms, along with real-life accounts of the work being done on the frontlines. Musical performances will feature Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, and Sting, among others yet to be announced.

Throughout the day, The Billy Joel Channel will also feature music spanning his five decades-long career, including songs from his live and studio albums, and exclusive stories from Joel that have inspired and influenced his life and career. The Billy Joel Channel also includes radio shows hosted by Billy Joel, during which he plays some of his favorite music by other artists, as well as rare live performances. Additionally, the channel will air a special show, Billy Joel A to Z, in which Joel guides listeners through each of his studio recordings in alphabetical order.

SiriusXM’s The Billy Joel Channel can be heard on channel 32 on all SiriusXM radios and on the SiriusXM app. Anyone who is not already a SiriusXM subscriber can download the SiriusXM app or go to, and start listening free of charge, with no credit card or commitment required, through May 30. The SiriusXM app is available on mobile phones, tablets and computers, as well as on a wide variety of connected devices in the home including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora that listeners can curate themselves, and an On Demand library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries.

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