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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Pledge Funds to Australian Firefighters and Wildlife Organizations

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis arrive for the premiere of the Weinstein Company's "Lawless" at ArcLight Cinemas on Aug. 22, 2012 in Hollywood, Calif.

Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds bandmate Warren Ellis have donated a six-digit sum to help those battling Australia’s bushfire emergency. 

Like many millions of people around the globe, Cave has been shocked by the events unfolding in the southern summer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the fires destroying our beloved Australia,” writes Cave in a statement posted to Instagram. 

He and Ellis, violinist in the Dirty Three and bandmate with Cave in Grinderman, are “pledging $500,000 to some of the many organisations carrying out selfless and courageous work aiding and supporting communities and wildlife who have been hit by this overwhelming devastation."

Cave, who fronted the seminal post-punk bands The Birthday Party and The Boys Next Door, concluded, “We urge everyone to do whatever they can to help.”

The ARIA Hall of Fame-inducted alternative rock legend joins a growing list of artists around the globe who’ve chipped in with donations or committed to performing at fundraising concerts.  

The likes of Elton John, Metallica, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Pink and Flume have donated to the firefighters and wildlife funds tasked with tackling the unprecedented bushfire crisis, and several stadium-level fundraisers are in the works.

See Cave's Instagram post below.


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