Updated: Friday, Sept. 16.
While the devastating impact from Hurricane Katrina is still being assessed, the music industry continues to respond with a variety of donations, charitable events and assistance. Here is a short list of Web sites where you can donate your time or financial support for Katrina victims, as well as a running list of charitable events organized within our industry to aid those in need.
* If you are organizing a event for Katrina relief, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
* For full Katrina coverage visit:
American Red Cross
Habitat For Humanity
Upcoming Fundraising Events:------------------------
- Hip-hop artist The Game is joining Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by donating his customized 2005 Bentley (valued at over $250,000) to Morgan Freeman's Charity Folks auction at www.charityfolks.com to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The auction closes on September 21, 2005 at 6 PM EST.
- Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert - Sept. 17
This benefit concert will be hosted by Bill Cosby and features Wynton Marsalis, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Paquito D'Rivera, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Jon Hendricks and many more. The concert takes place at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway at 60th Street., 5th Floor. The event will be recorded and a CD will be produced and released by Blue Note Records with all profits going to relief funds. For ticket info go to www.jalc.org.
- Meat Loaf is holding a special concert at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Savannah, Georgia Sept. 17, to benefit victims of the disaster. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Red Cross "Hurricane Relief" Fund targeting those hardest hit by Katrina, with a special emphasis on the Biloxi area. Tickets are general admission, priced at $25 and are on sale now at the Oglethorpe Speedway Park box office. Tickets may also be purchased by telephone using Visa or MasterCard at (912) 964-8200.
- Emilio Estefan is organizing a benefit concert and telethon with Univision and the Red Cross in Los Angeles Sept. 18 to aid Katrina's Hispanic victims.
- "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" benefit concert will be held Sept. 20 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show will pair a variety of top acts with some of New Orleans' most notable musicians, including Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, who were rescued just days ago from the devastated city. Among the artists set to appear are Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz, Bette Midlerand many others. New Orleans will be represented by the Neville Brothers, the Original Meters and the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands. In addition to underwriting the show, Madison Square Garden will donate $1 million to Katrina-related fundraising efforts. All proceeds from the event will benefit like-minded causes. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13.
- A coalition of Philadelphia's music community is organizing a benefit on Sept. 20 at leading area venues including The Sellersville Theater, World Cafe Live, the Tin Angel, Steel City Coffeehouse, North Star, Indre Studios and more. Performers, ticket prices, beneficiaries (with 100% going to the relief effort) will be announced as they are confirmed. Confirmed performers include: John Francis, Amy Jarone, Ben Arnold, Ken Kweeder, Vanida Gail, Phil Roy, Jenn Hess, Lelia Broussard, Kate Gaffney, Lauren Hart, Joseph Parsons Squad,
- ASCAP employees are holding a concert scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in Manhattan to benefit victims, particularly those who depend on the performance of music for their livelihood. The concert will feature over 50 talented ASCAP employees from several offices. For ticket availability and more details, please call 800-272-2795 or email email@example.com. ASCAP has pledged to match all ASCAP employee donations dollar for dollar. ASCAP members and members of the music community are welcome and encouraged to send donations to The ASCAP Employees for Relief Fund c/o Joe Cocopardo (Treasurer), 1 Lincoln Plaza, New York, NY 10023.
- Manhattan jazz club Kavehaz presents the Concert for the Gulf Coast, on Sept. 25 to benefit the Red Cross. The concert will feature over two dozen blues, cajun and zydeco artists over the course of eight hours. All ticket, food and drink proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.
- Amazon.com has set up a donation link to the American Red Cross on their homepage. Privacy Notice from Amazon: If your donation is $250 or more, Amazon.com will provide your name, credit card billing address, and donation amount to the American Red Cross, and the American Red Cross will provide you with a receipt for your donation. Other than this, Amazon.com will not share information about you with the American Red Cross. Amazon.com has waived all customary Honor System fees associated with your contributions to the Red Cross.
Amazon.com/Red Cross Donation link
- CD Baby is encouraging those selling cds through its site to 'give profits to charity' and it has set up a special section of its site dedicated to those willing to do so. Vistit www.cdbaby.com.
- Harry Connick Jr. and Musicnotes.com are partnering for Habitat for Humanity. They have agreed to donate all proceeds from the sale of downloadable sheet music for the song "City Beneath the Sea" to the New Orleans Division of Habitat for Humanity. 100% of proceeds from the sale of this $4.95 sheet music download, available exclusively at Musicnotes.com, will go towards the Habitat for Humanity relief program. A web page with more details on the fundraising effort can be found
- Jose Feliciano will be in Houston Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16 to comfort Hurricane Katrina victims living in public shelters.
Feliciano's appearance is intended to comfort displaced and separated families, especially those with children.
- Friends of Amigo Foundation, in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) launch the "Be Kind" campaign - the first-ever dog accessory collar fashioned after the popular bracelets that many charities have adopted. The collars will be available after Sept. 6 at www.hsus.org and at other selected outlets, and feature the maxim, BE KIND, to underscore their focus on animal advocacy issues. One hundred percent (100%) of the CauseCollarTM proceeds will benefit The HSUS.
- The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) has launched a Hurricane Relief Zone as part of their IAJE Community Bulletin Board. IAJE invites you to post announcements about fund-raising events or projects to benefit hurricane victims, to post offers of assistance or respond directly to members asking for assistance. Musicians and music educators from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina are encourgaed to tell IAJE members how we may help you immediately and long term. The Hurricane Relief Zone can be found at www.iaje.org/hurricanerelief.
- JSM Music president Joel Simon is offering to throw open the doors of his 20,000 square foot music studios (the largest recording facility in Manhattan) as well as some of his top producers and arrangers to help raise money to aid victims of the hurricane through a charity CD or live performances. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NAB launches initiative to raise 100 Million
The National Association of Broadcasters launches the "BroadcastUnity for Katrina Relief" initiative - a plan that the association says will raise a minimum of $100 million for relief efforts through local radio and television stations. Broadcasters will be voluntarily donating airtime for special fund-raising appeals as part of the initiative. The move was approved by the NAB Board of Directors during a special conference call and includes a $1 million cash donation from the NAB to the American Red Cross.
- Napster's “Download to Donate” compilation which began Sept. 1, donates 100% of its profits from purchase of the compilation and the individual songs to the American Red Cross.
- Putumayo World Music is donating all of its proceeds from the New Orleans and Mississippi Blues blues albums to relief efforts in the area through the end of the year.
- The Recording Academy and its MusiCares Foundation, which provides a safety net of critical services for music people in crisis, have committed an initial donation of $1 million for music people affected by Hurricane Katrina. To help music people affected by Hurricane Katrina, log on to www.grammy.com/musicares.
Donations & Past Fundraisers:-----------------------
- BET's primetime telethon was held Sept. 9 on the BET channel, starting with a special benefit episode of 106 & Park, followed by the telethon from 7:30 - 10 p.m. ET. The telethon featured a roster of superstar artists, many with ties to the affected areas, including Wynton Marsalis, Master P, David Banner, Juvenile, Baby and Lil Wayne (Cash Money) along with Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, Alicia Keys, Diddy, Jay Z, Kanye West, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid Common, Usher, Nick Cannon, Omarion, Pharrell Williams, Ciara, Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, Avant, Gerald Levert, Lyfe, Twista, Stevie Wonder, Brandy, Wyclef, Erykah Badu, Al and Star Jones Reynolds, Chris Rock and more.
- Bowling For Soup Benefit Show - Aug. 29
Jive recording artist Bowling For Soup played a benefit show to help victims on Aug. 29 in Shreveport, LA.
- A Concert for Hurricane Relief - aired Sept. 2
NBC Universal aired "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," an hour long special where viewers were encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Tim McGraw co-headlined the hour-long music telethon special that aired Sept. 2 on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, 8p.m. ET. The telethon was broadcast entirely from the New York studios of NBC and also featured Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis with an appearance by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.
- Dave Matthews benefit concert - Sept. 12
The concert will be held at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 12 and is receiving official support from the City of Denver. The show will include a performance by the Neville Brothers, natives of New Orleans. The show will raise money for selected charities supporting the victims of Katrina which will be announced shortly.
- In conjunction with the Dave Matthews Band, the Conscious Alliance (www.ConsciousAlliance.org) will be hosting a food drive all 4 nights of DMB shows at Red Rocks to benefit the Houston Food Bank and its efforts to feed people affected by Hurricane Katrina (www.HoustonFoodbank.org).
- Joe And Sharon Ely "Bicycle Drive"
The Elys were able to obtain more than 1,000 bicycles, donated by Austin-ites wanting to help those New Orleans evacuees displaced to the Houston Astrodome by Hurricane Katrina. 500 bikes were loaded on a 18-wheel flatbed truck and delivered to victims at the Astrodome. The remaining 500 bikes will be given to victims now staying in Austin.
In related news, in Houston, West U Cycles is busy organizing their own bicycle drive modeled on the Austin bike drive. Houston Radio Station, KPFT, will begin spreading the word about the drive there.
- "Fashion Rocks" Benefit Concert - Sept. 8.
Conde Nast Media Group donated tickets proceeds from its "Fasion Rocks" concert on Sept. 8 at Radio City Music Hall, to relief efforts for victims of Katrina. The show will air as a two-hour special Friday, Sept. 9 on CBS at 9 p.m. Confirmed to perform are David Bowie, Destiny's Child, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Alicia Keyes, Tim McGraw, Nelly, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Joss Stone, Arcade Fire and Rob Thomas.
- Houston Rocks for Katrina Relief - Sept. 10
These benefit shows took place at Numbers Nightclub at 300 Westheimer in Houston from 7 pm - 2 am on Saturday, September 10 and then on 3 pm - 10 pm on Sunday, September 11. Attendees were encouraged to bring a toy for a child taking refuge in the Astrodome and other Houston shelters. All cash donations and bar profits benefited The McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, the American Red Cross, and local charities supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
- MTV, VH1 and CMT's "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" special kicked off a relief campaign on Sept. 10, with a special featuring diverse artists including the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Kelly Clarkson, Audioslave and Neil Young. Live or taped performances were also included from Alan Jackson, Staind, Melissa Etheridge, Motley Crue, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, Maroon 5, John Mayer, Common, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and the Goo Goo Dolls. The program was simulcast live on all three networks from locations in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Atlanta and it will direct donations to the American Red Cross.
- On the final night of this summer's Ozzfest, the tour and promoter joined forces with the Red Cross to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers from the Red Cross were on hand accepting cash donations at the Sept. 4 show at the Sound Advice Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida. For those not in attendance, donations can still be made via the Red Cross website (www.redcross.org).
- Kevin Powell and special guests held a benefit for New Orleans Sept. 8 at Canal Room in New York, collecting items for the Katrina vicitms. The items were loaded onto a truck in front of Canal Room and driven directly to Claiborne County Health Center in Port Gibson, Mississippi, one of the closest rescue and help centers in the New Orleans area.
- The RCA Music Group in conjunction with 19 Entertainment presented the American Red Cross with a check in the amount of $100,000 from proceeds raised by the sale of the American Idol single "When You Tell Me That You Love Me." The donation will go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The check was presented backstage at the Continental Airlines Arena when the 12 top contestants were in the New York area for the American Idol tour.
- A multi-network live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast,” aired on all six major television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the WB and UPN), as well as a host of cable and satellite channels in the United States on Sept. 9. Internationally, the special aired in at least 95 countries. U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that performed. Celebrities Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Sela Ward will also participate.
- Alt-rock band Switchfoot played a free show at the Santa Monica Pier, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. Lowercase People, Switchfoot's non-profit organization, were at the event collecting donations on behalf of The Salvation Army which will support the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
- Wolfgang's Vault, an online source for rock and roll memorabilia, has donated $50,200 to the Minnesota Helps Fund, which distributes donations to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Local Community Foundations, United Ways and other organizations which provide DIRECT support to the victims of this tragedy. For the remainder of this year, 10% of their revenues will be contributed to the Minnesota Helps Fund.