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Travis Scott launches initiative to make events safer after Astroworld tragedy

Travis Scott has re-emerged from the shadows of his fatal Astroworld Festival.

The rapper announced Tuesday that he launched Project HEAL, an initiative that aims to make events safer and protect youth.

“Over the past few months I’ve been taking the time and space to grieve, reflect and do my part to heal my community,” Scott began a lengthy statement on Instagram. “Most importantly, I want to use my resources and platform moving forward towards actionable change.”

He added, “This will be a lifelong journey for me and my family.”

In a twist of irony, the “Goosebumps” performer — who has largely stayed off the grid since a crowd crush at his November 2021 festival killed 10 fans and injured hundreds more — vaguely urged leaders to “step up” instead of remaining silent.

“While it’s easy for corporations and institutions to stay in the shadows, I feel as a leader in my community, I need to step up in times of need,” he wrote. 

Scott shared that he created Project HEAL, which oddly shares a name with an eating disorder organization, to support “real solutions that make all events the safest spaces they can possibly be.”

“I will always honor the victims of the Astroworld tragedy who remain in my heart forever,” he added.

The Grammy nominee then laid out a series of innovative solutions, saying he has always embraced giving to those in need and wants to continue helping.

A screenshot of Project HEAL's initiatives.
Project HEAL includes several initiatives that focus on helping youth.

“Giving back and creating opportunities for the youth is something I’ve always done and will continue to do as long as I have the chance,” he wrote. “This program will be a catalyst to real change and I can’t wait to introduce the rest of the technology and ideas we’ve been working on. See you all so soon.”

In conjunction with Scott’s Cactus Jack Foundation, Project HEAL will offer academic scholarships, free mental health resources, a “creative design center” and a “first-ever tech-driven solution for event safety.”

“These efforts, independently and collectively, aim to solve challenges and overcome issues impacting the youth,” the initiative said in a statement.

Travis Scott performing at his 2021 Astroworld Festival.
Ten people were killed while attending the festival on Nov. 5, 2021.
Erika Goldring

Scott has only given one interview since the tragic festival, asserting to radio host Charlamagne tha God in December that he “1,000 percent” did everything he could to help dying audience members and claiming he did not hear their cries from the stage.

“You want to make sure fans get the proper attention they need. I just go off the fans’ energy. But I just didn’t hear [screams],” he alleged.

The disastrous Houston concert has been named as one of the deadliest live-music crowd events in American history and resulted in more than 140 lawsuits as well as a mass litigation suit by 1,500 concert attendees against Scott, organizer Live Nation, streamer Apple Music, special guest Drake and more.

Amid the backlash, Scott and his girlfriend, Kylie Jenner welcomed their second child, son Wolf, in February. They also share 4-year-old daughter Stormi.

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