MUSIC FOR RELIEF in 2008
Hurricane Katrina/Rebuilding the U.S. Gulf Coast: In February of 2008, MUSIC FOR RELIEF volunteers, Linkin Park, and Coheed and Cambria traveled to New Orleans to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Thanks to generous donations from supporters, MUSIC FOR RELIEF fully funded two new homes in New Orleans.
Cyclone Nargis/Myanmar/Burma: MFR responded by contributing funds to the humanitarian response of World Vision which provided aid to over 100,000 survivors of the disaster. Nargis, the severe cyclonic storm which struck the Burmese coast on May 2 and 3, 2008 caused catastrophic destruction and is estimated to have claimed 135,000 lives including those still missing.
Reducing Global Warming: In 2008 MUSIC FOR RELIEF raised awareness about global warming and the connection between climate change and increased strength and frequency of natural disasters like storms, floods and droughts. We provided information and tools to help our supporters decrease their carbon footprint and become active in reducing global warming in their own communities. We sold carbon offsets at live music events offsetting 750 tons of CO2 through Native Energy and collected donations specifically for environmental initiatives. MUSIC FOR RELIEF planted over 332,000 trees with partner organizations American Forests and Tree Canada in an effort to clean the air and water, provide a necessary habitat for wildlife, and sequester C02 emissions.
2008 Hurricane Response in the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Caribbean: Responding to Hurricane Ike (and other 2008 Atlantic hurricanes Fay, Gustav, and Hanna) to help victims in Texas, Louisiana, and Haiti MUSIC FOR RELIEF made a contribution to Direct Relief International. This contribution enabled the shipment of medical and health supplies for displaced people in shelters as well as clinics and hospitals in the affected regions. Haiti and areas of southeastern TX and Louisiana were devastated by flooding leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.
Earthquake Recovery in China: MFR and Emma Ticketmaster in China donated $100,000 for recovery efforts following the devastating 5.12 earthquake centered in Wenchuan; the World Bank matched our donation. This partnership funded four post-earthquake recovery projects described below; all were proposed by grassroots organizations in China and chosen via China World Bank’s 2nd China Development Marketplace (CDM).
1 – Eco residence and community recovery: Utilizing an earthquake resistant design and environmentally friendly materials, this project will rebuild homes for those left homeless after the 5.12 earthquake.
2 – Residential primary school recovery: Many children in the earthquake affected region live at residential schools while their parents travel to cities to work. This project provides funding to a residential school to help replenish books, toys and other supplies as well as train volunteers to provide psychological counseling for children affected by the earthquake.
3 – Fanbei village medical center support: This project will provide necessary equipment and training to a rural medical clinic in the earthquake affected area which will improve immediate conditions for local residents’ medical care as well as preventative care.
4 – School support social work: This project provides funding for children who lost one or both parents in the earthquake so that they are able to live at the residential school which they had been attending.
MUSIC FOR RELIEF was honored to participate in the 2nd China Development Marketplace (CDM) in Beijing on Oct 21-22, 2008. At the CDM, grassroots civil society organizations from all over China proposed innovative ways to address many social and environmental issues including earthquake recovery.
Zimbabwe – Cholera Outbreak: Responding to the Cholera Outbreak in Zimbabwe which began in August 2008 as a result of the collapse of the health system in that country, MUSIC FOR RELIEF made an initial contribution to Direct Relief International covering the cost to airlift a shipment of water purification tablets, cholera medication and oral rehydration solution to Harare Central Hospital for immediate use. We are monitoring the situation in Zimbabwe and determine if there are effective ways in which MUSIC FOR RELIEF can provide further assistance.
Ultimate Band Partnership: In June 2008 MFR announced a partnership with video game Ultimate Band which included in-game content and information about the organization as well as sponsorship of the MUSIC FOR RELIEF booth on Projekt Revolution. Fans attending Projekt Revolution ‘08 had the chance to play Ultimate Band at the Music for Relief booth before its official release, while the Wii gaming stations helped draw in fans to learn more about MFR and enjoy playing a virtual benefit concert for MFR in the game.
Charity Partners: In 2008 MFR established new contacts with the seven local and national disaster relief and environmental/conservation non-profit organizations listed below, in addition to the many grassroots organizations we are now in contact with in China. These new relationships will enable MUSIC FOR RELIEF to partner with the most ideal organization for any given situation and collaborate on future initiatives to maximize our efforts. New partnerships were formed with: The Red Cross of Santa Monica, C.A.R.E., World Vision, United Way, Native Energy, The Sierra Club, Audubon Society, and Voice of the Wetlands.