With all the rescue and relief efforts going towards Haiti over the past week, it’s natural to feel a little post-disaster fatigue even without turning on the television to hear the phrase “bottlenecking at Port au Prince” every two seconds.
Luckily, Paste magazine has used its considerable musical resources to gather over 200 recording artists on its “Songs For Haiti” collection, a relief project that is giving 100 percent of its earnings to three different Haiti charities. While bands like Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, and Hanson (Hanson!) contributed unreleased tracks to “Songs For Haiti,” you can help by donating your money and receiving the plethora of MP3s. Charity has never sounded so good!
We caught up with Paste publisher Nick Purdy yesterday, and asked him if these musicians were the same ones who donated tracks to Paste last year to help the magazine stay afloat.
“It’s the same platform, and a lot of the same artists…but going towards a different goal,” Purdy explained. “Like a lot of people, we’re just trying to think what we can do, how we can mobilize…Haiti’s going to be an issue for awhile.”
With that in mind, Purdy and Paste have no definitive end date for their “Songs” project, but hope to raise a couple hundred thousand dollars for the relief effort, which will go to Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.
Full press release below.
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SONGS FOR HAITI
–Paste Magazine, Ludacris, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Hanson, and over 200 additional artists team up for massive earthquake relief effort–
Decatur, GA (January 19, 2010) – Today, Paste Magazine launches “Songs For Haiti” (http://songsforhaiti.org/), a music-centered relief effort to aid the struggling people of Haiti. Featuring unreleased songs from a diverse array of artists including: Ludacris, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Hanson, Low Anthem, Umphrey’s McGee, Switchfoot, Derek Webb, and over 200 others, “Songs For Haiti” is one of the largest relief efforts yet to emerge from the entertainment world.
Whether people donate through Paste or through another charity (just have to say where); all will have access to the vault of “Songs For Haiti” MP3s. 100 percent of the money contributed through the Paste site will be spread equally among three charities active in Haiti relief: Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross, and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. [Please note: donations submitted directly through “Songs For Haiti” are not tax deductible, since Paste is not a charitable organization.]
“We obviously don’t think people would need incentive to donate in this effort, but perhaps the campaign will inspire more music fans to get involved, or to encourage people who have already donated, to donate again,” said Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief. “Music has always been a force that brings people together, and to have so many fantastic artists drop everything to contribute to this effort was very touching,” Jackson added.