Despite the controversy surrounding their performance during Super Bowl halftime this weekend, Maroon 5 is trying to do some good.
According to People, the band – along with the NFL and the band’s label, Interscope Records – will make a $500,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sister of America.
“Playing the Super Bowl has been a dream of our band for a long time,” Adam Levine tells People in a statement. “We thank the NFL for the opportunity and also to them, along with Interscope Records, for making this donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will have a major impact for children across the country.”
Maroon 5’s donation comes two weeks after one of the band’s halftime guest performers, rapper Travis Scott, revealed he and the NFL would be making a $500,000 contribution to Dream Corps, a social justice organization.
Scott said he only agreed to perform at the halftime show on the condition that the NFL would partner with him in a donation to a charitable cause. Rapper Big Boi will also be performing with Maroon 5 at the event.
All three artists faced criticism from some who believe they should not perform in order to stand in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started the #TakeAKnee movement to protest police brutality.
There’s currently a Change.org petition calling for the performers to take a knee during their set. The petition has over 110,000 signatures.
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