The Australian music industry has set the first of multiple fund-raising concerts for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunamis for Saturday (Jan. 8).

The Australian music industry has set the first of multiple fund-raising concerts for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunamis for Saturday (Jan. 8).

The two-hour "Reach Out to Asia" show will be held on the steps of Sydney Opera House. For the first time in Australian TV history, the event will be televised on all three commercial networks. It will also be broadcast on Austereo's Triple M radio network.

Members of rock bands Jet, Spiderbait, the Living End and You Am I are teaming up in a supergroup formed for the occasion, with contributions from Kasey Chambers, Missy Higgins, Killing Heidi, Eskimo Joe, the Whitlams, reunited '80s band Noiseworks and "Australian Idol" chart-toppers Guy Sebastian and Kasey Donovan. Proceeds will be given to Christian relief and development organization World Vision.

Thousands of additional dollars were collected at rock festivals around the country last weekend. Numerous types of fund-raisers were held, ranging from blues bands in Brisbane to the dance sector in Adelaide to buskers in Sydney.

A second large show starring other high-profile acts is in the pipeline for early February.

A benefit is also being planned in honor of Leonie Cosens, a product manager at EMI Music Australia in the early 1980s, who was one of the victims. New Zealand-born Cosens has been living for the past 12 years in Phuket, a tourist resort in Thailand that was badly affected. She was one of seven New Zealanders known to have perished in the disaster.

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