Joe Wicks: George Ezra to donate all song royalties from online PE classes to NHS

The Body Coach previously complained he was struggling to get music for popular YouTube sessions due to copyright issues

Adam White
Tuesday 31 March 2020 14:02 BST
Thousands of children join Joe Wicks for live PE lesson following UK school closures

George Ezra will donate all song royalties earned from Joe Wicks’ online PE classes to the NHS, he has announced.

Wicks, otherwise known as The Body Coach, has inspired millions across the country to exercise in their living rooms during the coronavirus lockdown, via online PE classes posted to his YouTube channel.

The fitness guru had complained in recent videos, however, that he was unable to source any music for his online classes because of copyright issues. Ezra has since become the first to allow Wicks the use of his material for free.

Posting to his Instagram, Ezra said his mother had alerted him to Wicks’ lack of music.

“Yesterday my mum rang me on her lunch break,” Ezra wrote. “She’s a teacher at a primary school and each morning her and the kids are tuning in for PE with Joe … My mum suggested I offer Joe and the kids my songs to use. I got in touch with Joe and we made it happen.”

He continued, “The coolest thing is that all royalties made from the songs being used are going directly to the NHS!

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Joe for being the world’s fitness coach throughout all of this and an even bigger thank you to my amazing mum and all the other incredible teachers up and down the country for everything they’re doing.”

During an episode of Wicks’ class posted to YouTube today (31 March), he thanked Ezra and his mother.

“I’ve got some great news,” Wicks said. “I’ve got to say a massive thank you to George Ezra’s mum, who is a teacher at school and George Ezra found out that I had no music, so he’s given me his permission to use his music on the workout today.”

Wicks’ online PE sessions are posted to YouTube at 9am every morning, with all advertising revenue for the videos going directly to the NHS.

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