As the death toll continues to rise and aid begins to flow into Southern Asia in the wake of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the music community is continuing to do its part to
As the death toll continues to rise and aid begins to flow into Southern Asia in the wake of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the music community is continuing to do its part to raise relief funds. Here are some of the latest developments:
Country star Kenny Chesney has been added to the lineup for NBC's Jan. 15 Concert for the Tsunami Victims fundraising special. As previously reported, Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw are all slated to take part in the event, which will air on all NBC Universal networks (NBC, Bravo, USA, MSNBC, Sci Fi, CNBC, Trio).
"The American people have already been amazing in opening up their hearts," Chesney says, "This is one more attempt to reach out and help out."
In New Jersey, a host of modern rock acts will stage a tsunami relief concert Jan. 12 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville. Coheed & Cambria will headline the show, which will also boast Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance and the Banner, along with other acts still to be determined.
Tickets for the event are $25 and are on sale via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will be funneled through Music for Relief (www.musicforrelief.org). As previously reported, that organization was founded by modern rock act Linkin Park shortly after disaster struck Southern Asia. Donations help fund the relief efforts being coordinated by the Red Cross.
A second major Canadian benefit concert has been scheduled for Jan. 31 at Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome. The event will feature Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida. Avril Lavigne, who will play the previously announced Jan. 29 event in Vancouver, will be replaced in Calgary by singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn.
The Vancouver concert, hosted by Rick Mercer, will be broadcast nationwide on CTV. Tickets for both concerts go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 8) through Ticketmaster Canada. Proceeds from both shows, organized by Nettwerk founder Terry McBride, go to Oxfam, Care Canada, War Child and Doctors Without Borders.
The 2005 MTV Asia Awards will be repositioned as MTV Asia Aid, a global benefit to support the recovery efforts taking place in Asia. The Feb. 3 event will be held at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok. UNICEF will be the major recipient of funds collected.
"MTV International is uniquely positioned to help in this recovery," MTV Networks International president Bill Roedy says. "The Asia Aid benefit is part of MTV Networks' wider global response, utilizing all of our resources, including our global network, to add to the worldwide response." MTV's global network includes 42 channels.
Performers, partnerships and fundraising mechanisms for MTV Asia Aid will be announced in the near future. Winners of the 2005 MTV Asia Awards will be announced on MTV Asia channels through separate on-air and online programming to be determined.