EMI Music Australia has launched a "money can't buy" online auction of rarities, memorabilia and signed merchandise to raise funds for the flood-stricken state of Queensland.
Some of the items posted on eBay site include signed block-mounted posters of Robbie Williams, Jet and Keith Urban, signed CDs from Coldplay, Lily Allen, Good Charlotte, a Katy Perry Towel, and the electric chair prop used on the cover for the Hoodoo Guru's 1998 compilation "Electric Chair".
EMI's flood-relief auction is the latest of many creative projects pouring in from the music community. Grant Smillie's 360 Agency will issue the fundraising DanceAid+ compilation from this Friday. The album features tracks from David Guetta, Axwell, TV Rock, Nervo and Denzal Park, and specially-recorded acoustic tracks from Dirty South and Zoe Badwi. DanceAid+ will be available exclusively from iTunes for eight weeks. A six-date DanceAid national club tour wraps this Sunday in Darwin.
This Friday also sees the release of Jimmy Barnes' charitable album "Floodlight". Released through Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, the 16 track album will be available for a limited time only at just $4.99 Australian on iTunes.
As previous reported, Gudinski has been busy setting the stage for a benefit concert on a scale of the epic Sound Relief bushfire benefit. But unlike those twin Melbourne and Sydney concerts in 2009, the flood-hit city of Brisbane will have its own show.
Brisbane-based venue operator AEG Ogden has been approached by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to co-ordinate a fundraising concert for flood victims. Gudinski, according to AEG Ogden, offered his services and those of his company Frontier Touring.
"Once the city has recovered," says AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister, "AEG Ogden and Frontier Touring will aim to deliver a world-class event at the BEC." AEG Ogden will be the co-producer of this event.
Details of a Sydney show are firming up, and promoters involved in the southern concert tell Billboard.biz a line-up and date could be ready to announce as early as next week.
All cash raised from the various projects will benefit the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal, which has topped $123 million Australia. (http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html)