NASHVILLE, TN (JULY 28, 2023) Premier Productions, a leading independent producer of quality live entertainment around the world, presented by Disaster Relief Benefit, announces a special Benefit Concert with MercyMe and Matthew West coming to Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, FL on Thursday, September 21st. The concert will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ian as net proceeds will go to Disaster Relief Benefit to support those most affected by the storm. Hurricane Ian hit the southwest Florida area on September 28, 2022 as a Category 5 storm with winds of up to 160 mph destroying many homes and structures in the coastal area.

“I remember seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian in the southwest Florida area and feeling so helpless. The opportunity for us to be a part of a benefit concert to directly support those affected by the Hurricane is such an honor,” said Bart Millard of MercyMe. “We can’t wait to visit the area and lift up the name of Jesus!”

Grammy®-nominated, multiple American Artist Music Award, Billboard Music Award and Dove Award-winning Christian band MercyMe is best-known for their hit song “I Can Only Imagine.” It not only launched MercyMe’s nearly three-decades-long career, but it also inspired a movie based on Millard’s life and the events that led him to pen the epic ballad. Their new album “Always Only Jesus” features the hit single “To Not Worship You.” The band will also hit the road with Crowder and Andrew Ripp in October.

Five-time Grammy® nominee, multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award-winner artist Matthew West is passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story. His current album “My Story Your Glory,” features current single “You Changed My Name.”

Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 28 at 10am ET at Platinum tickets will also be available.

100% of net proceeds from all concert sales will be directed to Disaster Relief Benefit, which will support on-site Disaster Relief Organizations, Volunteer groups, churches, and community resources and staging facilities. These funds will also contribute to the support and the living needs of volunteers as well as the purchase and delivery of desperately needed items.

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About Disaster Relief Benefit

Disaster Relief Benefit is comprised of organizations, churches and individuals who have a commitment to the preparation, relief and rebuilding initiatives for communities impacted by the devastating effects of natural disasters. Fort Myers, FL, is a staging site for compassionate response to the communities impacted by Hurricane Ian in the Southwest, FL area. They have the support of several disaster response groups who are supervising organizations and teams of volunteers who are assisting with these ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts. 

About Premier Productions:

Founded in 1996, Premier Productions has been a top 20 global promoter selling over 20 million tickets. Pollstar named Premier the #1 faith and family independent promoter in the last 10 years. Producing events that move the soul both nationally and internationally, Premier is proud to have helped raise more than $271 million to improve the lives of children and communities in 100+ countries worldwide. Whether it’s a large multi-day festival, sold-out concert or intimate conference, Premier seeks to positively impact the lives of every attendee so they leave encouraged, happy and hopeful. Premier is currently promoting acts including, Dude Perfect, Lauren Daigle, Hillsong United, Elevation Worship, We The Kingdom, CocoMelon, Bluey, Blippi, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, Wheel of Fortune Live & more


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