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Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor will play free concert to promote social change as part of Jay-Z, NFL partnership


From left, Meghan Trainor, Meek Mill and Rapsody will all perform in a free pregame concert on Sept. 5 in Chicago's Grant Park before the Bears-Packers NFL season-opener. (AP)

It’s a touchdown for Chicago fans of singer Meghan Trainor and rappers Meek Mill and Rapsody.

The performers will play a free concert at a pregame event in the city’s Grant Park on Thursday prior to the NFL’s first game of the season later that night, when the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers. It’s part of the Inspire Change Initiative, a new partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation.

Parts of both Mill’s and Trainor’s performances will be featured in a simulcast of the 40-minute pregame show from Chicago from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. ET on NBC and the NFL Network.

Inspire Change, a social justice platform announced earlier this month, aims to “strengthen the fabric of communities across America," Jay-Z said at the time.

Mill, Trainor and Rapsody have been named Inspire Change Advocates and are the debut artists in the effort’s new Songs of the Season initiative.

“Songs of the Season is a multi-tier, season-long initiative that will highlight superstars and emerging artists of all genres,” the NFL stated. “Songs of the Season will showcase musicians that will create and deliver a song to be integrated in all NFL promotions each month during the season. The songs will debut during an in-game broadcast ... All proceeds from the songs will go toward Inspire Change.”

As part of Inspire Change, sparked in light of players demonstrating during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem in 2016 for the same reason, NFL owners agreed to contribute up to $89 million over six years toward causes players were supporting.

With News Wire Services