Lauryn, Marc, Luther To Play Earthquake Benefit

Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony, and Luther Vandross are among the artists set to perform at a July 29 charity concert to benefit earthquake victims in El Salvador and India, Billboard can exclusively revea

Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony, and Luther Vandross are among the artists set to perform at a July 29 charity concert to benefit earthquake victims in El Salvador and India, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The concert, organized by the new nonprofit charity Aftershock, will take place at San Jose, Calif.'s Compaq Center. Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, and MTV Networks chairman/CEO Tom Freston are among the industry heavyweights who have lent their names in support of the concert.

According to Aftershock founder Mickey Shapiro, there are ongoing discussions to televise the concert via a TV deal to be announced. Shapiro, who says he will personally not receive any money from the fundraising efforts, adds: "Our goal is to raise $5 million, and we're not giving any of the money to the governments of El Salvador and India. We'll be working with an organization called Operation USA that was involved with distributing funds for 'We Are the World.'"

He notes that the benefit concert's mid-range ticket prices will be $60-$70, and that more acts will be announced within the coming weeks. For more information about the Aftershock and the July 29 concert, call 310-275-0398 or send E-mail to [email protected]