“Pandemic phenomenon” isn’t enough to accurately describe what WME partner Richard Weitz and his 18-year-old daughter, Demi, created with RWQuarantunes.
What started in March 2020 as a Zoom experiment from their Beverly Hills kitchen became a go-to virtual event that over the past 15 months has featured hundreds of iconic artists performing for an invite-only audience of industry power players like Bob Iger, Casey Wasserman, Dana Walden, Jennifer Salke and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Along the way, they raised more than $26 million for causes ranging from COVID-19 relief to racial justice.
On June 19, the pair took their show to the Clive Davis Theater at L.A.’s Grammy Museum for a final event in partnership with the NAACP to coincide with Juneteenth. It proved to be a fitting location for the big event as Davis had been an instrumental figure in RWQuarantunes almost from the beginning. For much of the series, he acted as a co-host of sorts, helping book legendary artists while also regaling the virtual crowds with stories behind the songs. The music mogul appeared virtually and helped the Weitzes celebrate their run while also teasing his upcoming mega-concert in Central Park in August, an initiative to help toast New York’s pandemic recovery.