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Musicians Unite for Haiti Relief

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In the wake of the earthquake disaster in Haiti, musicians everywhere are rallying together to raise money for disaster relief.   Want to help the cause? Check out all the ways your favorite artists are supporting Haitian relief efforts.

Britt Daniel (Spoon), St. Vincent and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) are playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday for the Night of Comedy and Music to Benefit Haiti.  (via Brooklyn Vegan)

Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), Andrew Bird, Josh Ritter, Passion Pit, She & Him, The Avett Brothers,The Decemberists, The Jayhawks, The Minus 5 and The Low Anthem are among the 200+ artists to donate mp3s to Songs for Haiti.  100% of the proceeds will be distributed to Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Arcade Fire is using their website to ask fans to donate to Partners in Health.  Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire also wrote a moving article in The Observer about her relationship with Haiti.

Fucked Up and Matador Records are auctioning off test pressings of the forthcoming singles comp Couple Tracks and the “Couple Tracks” 7″, with money going to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. And the Matador warehouse is running a contest on Twitter, in which those who donate to Oxfam can enter to win a Couple Tracks test pressing. (via Pitchfork)

More charity events after the jump.Glastonbury Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis has helped put together a Haiti benefit auction, with proceeds going to Oxfam.  Items being sold to the highest bidder include a Fender Stratocaster from Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, a turntable from DJ Shadow, the jacket that Chris Martin wore on Coldplay’s Viva La Vida tour, an original piece of Radiohead art, and the chance to hear Gang of Four’s forthcoming album with guitarist Andy Gill.   The big prize is an exclusive song by Blur/Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn.  According to the eBay auction page, “The successful bidder will own a recording of a composition especially written performed and recorded by Damon Albarn for their exclusive personal use (*subject to terms & conditions). * The winning bidder will need to sign a contract before receiving this piece of music.” (via Pitchfork)

Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief airs tonight, January 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT).  The global telethon will feature performances by Madonna (in New York) and Haitian artist Emeline Michel (in Los Angeles) as well as Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting in New York. In L.A., Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift will take the stage, plus there will be a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. London will feature Beyoncé, Coldplay and a collaboration between Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.  All musical performances will be available for purchase for $.99 per song through the Apple® iTunes® Store beginning Saturday, January 23, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities. (via CNN)

Lionel Ritchie and producer Quincy Jones are planning to rerecord “We Are The World”, the charity single first released in 1985 to raise money for humanitarian aid for Africa and the United States.  The list of musicians already invited include Usher, John Legend and Natalie Cole, but Billboard reports that Wyclef Jean, Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and others could participate as well. (via Tripwire)

The Red Hot Organization is donating all proceeds from sales of Dark Was the Night for the next 60 days to Partners in Health.

Simon Cowell has chosen REM’s “Everybody Hurts” as the charity single to benefit Haiti.  Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John are close to signing up to join Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Take That and Alexandra Burke, alongside X Factor winner Joe McElderry on the single.  All funds raised will be split between charities the Disasters Emergency Committee and Helping Haiti/ Medicins Sans Frontiers. (via Mail Online)

On January 21, 24, and 25, New York’s City Winery will hold benefits for Wyclef Jean’s Yele nonprofit. Patti Smith, the Antlers, the Swell Season, Josh Ritter, Rosanne Cash, David Johansen, Living Colour, comedian Lewis Black, and others will perform.

Mogwai are auctioning off a piano that they used on their 2006-2007 world tour, along with various pieces of vinyl and posters, with the money going to Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders.

The indie rock and comedy zine Chunklet is auctioning off a whole lot of rare records to benefit Doctors Without Borders.

Radiohead will perform a Haiti benefit show on Sunday, January 24 to benefit at the Music Box at the Fonda in Los Angeles. The money raised will go to Oxfam. (via Pitchfork)

Lady Gaga will donate all proceeds from tickets and merchandise for her January 24 performance at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall to Haiti. Also, proceeds from all purchases made at her web store that day will go to relief efforts, as will proceeds from a special Lady Gaga Haiti relief t-shirt. (via Pitchfork)

P.S. I’ve chosen to donate to MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization that is currently collecting donations to send medicine and medical supplies to Haiti.  You can make a donation here.

Posted by   @   22 January 2010 3 comments


Jan 25, 2010
1:02 pm
#1 Adrian :

wyclef a great musician with good heart to help others. i like him for his songs as well as character

Dec 15, 2012
12:34 am

Thank you for every other fantastic article. Where else may just anybody get that type of information in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the search for such information.

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