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Old 05-10-2019, 12:07 AM
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Benefit meaning "the profits from this event go to a person or cause" is normal UK & Commonwealth English usage.

I play in bands and have played benefits, most recently for refugees. A Benefit for Refugees is what the gig was called, and no one needs that explained to them here in Australia, it's standard vocabulary. If I say "we played a benefit" everyone knows what I mean.

I'm guessing this usage didn't make it to the USA, hence Americans and other non-English speakers not getting it.