Last year the Italian music industry mobilised to raise money for the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake in the Abruzzo region. Yet prominent artists are now expressing their frustration at the slowness with which the money they raised is reaching its intended destination.

The earthquake struck on April 6 2009, killing more than 300 people. Italy's musicians responded with a number of initiatives.

A "We Are the World" style charity single called "Domani," featuring dozens of prominent artists operating under the name Amici per l'Abruzzo ("Friends for Abruzzo"), was one of the most prominent fund-raising initiatives. There was also an all-female cast of singers at a charity concert at Milan's San Siro soccer stadium.

The single was a No. 1 hit, while the concert "Amiche per l'Abruzzo" ("Female Friends for Abruzzo") sold 60,000 tickets and raised an estimated €2 million ($2.5 million).

The DVD of the concert was released last week and was made the subject of a TV special on Matrix, a show on Canale 5, one of three private networks owned by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. During the program the concert's main singer and organizer, Laura Pausini, expressed her concerns at the lack of progress being made in the reconstruction projects for which the concert's proceeds were intended.

Later Pausini expressed her disappointment that the state-owned Rai TV networks had done little to promote the release of the DVD, whose proceeds are also intended for the earthquake's victims.

Nor are criticisms of the Berlusconi government's handling of the earthquake limited to the music industry. In May "Draquila," a Michael Moore-style documentary lambasting the government's poor handling of the aftermath played to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.