Music For Relief in 2008

January 9, 2009


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.




  1. XLINKINPARKX on February 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Yes this is definitely a good cause…so many people today are suffering and do not have the basic necessities of life…it’s definitely nice to make a child smile..Yes we must give a helping hand as well…Keep it up guys! 🙂

  2. NoMoreSorrowGirl on January 14, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Oh!How touchy!…love the kid smile up there he looks like you hehe!…BTW, your right that its not only Linkin Park’s charity…hoping that many other bands and artists would join you guys making the world a better place to live in…Thanks to your kindness…Love ya’ll:))

  3. analoggirl on January 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    It’s incredible to see what MFR has accomplished! Kudos to you, the band, and the MFR team (Whitney, Missy, Hugo and Maurice, to name a few).

  4. tpbarbosa on January 13, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Im so happy to see that MFR is doing such great things, I totally support it and admire your actions for help poor ppl around the world. LP proves again that we must help everyone whos in need. I hope I can help too, in anyway you guys and of course the ppl around me. Thanks once again to be doing it all Mike 😀

  5. lucky_cat on January 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Much respect for you guys! I promise, I do my best too.

  6. pepper on January 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    ALEX86 : I hope you’ll read the comment I left you on your page and get back to me.

    Comment: Mike MFR is an incredible organization, I’m thrilled that Linkin Park is such a big part of it. I love knowing that when I go to proj rev or ger some merch from the booth, I’m helping out other people. I hope at some point I can get an oppertunity to actually donate my energy and self and go help build or clean or whatever for these people! I just want to serve and help ’cause I’ve got so much and I want to share it personally and meet these people who are so brave and enduring. Is there anyway we can get involved like that Mike? I’ll got check the MFR site but I’d love if you’d blog about that.

  7. alex86 on January 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    that is so not my style and i hate myself so much right now,but i have to do this even if i dont know why. i wish so much you would read that comment and care. but if you would then you would be really sad person, because you would care about problems people that are fucked up and that you have no idea about. i mean, its pathetic what i say, but i need to tell anyone and i feel pretty alone at the moment, and you are… you are who you are and i cant explain.i just have a feeling that world sucks too much.that i have to kill myself and i will…and when someone you love doesnt love you back its the worst what can happen to you…and it doesnt help that i am so weak.and i hate myself.sorry

  8. Lynnie on January 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    At the risk of sounding patronising: You should be very proud of yourself…and the other guys.
    Between helping people through your music, displaying your talents through art, getting involved with various charities, promoting a strong bond with your fans and heading up something as huge and lifechanging to people as MFR – you’re very busy, yet you manage to fit it all in and still stay sane and modest.
    Honestly, you should be so proud of yourself. Anyone who does even a bit of what you do should be proud – you impact on so many aspects of so many peoples lives and take it all in your stride.
    As a person touched by your music – thank you!
    ~Worships you~
    Take care.

  9. Philliphera on January 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you so much for caring Mike. I think you should promote this link.. it’s interresting:

    I think it can’t be easier: Search now and money will go to your designated cause.( Enter the charity or school you support here then click “verify.” Next, search from above and earn money for your cause!) just a click… nothing special, but big effect. You’ve done so much, thats one of the many reasons I love this/your band.

  10. Hawaii_LP_fan on January 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Our world has had it’s share of devastation & turmoil this past year. Organizations like MFR instills hope to a world that’s hurting. Helping one another through unselfish compassion is a step in the right direction. It speaks volumes when Linkin Park unites with other movers & shakers to extend hope to those who have none. I hope MFR continues to strengthen, flourish, and set a profound precedence to more organizations like it in the future. It takes just “ONE” to make a difference. Thank you Mike! P.S. Joy is evident in the smile of that cute boy pictured. It starts with our youth to solidify hope to our hurting world. Music is a universal language! :o)

  11. lynndarwinharris on January 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

    A big THANK YOU for all that MFR does! The organization goes above and beyond to help. 🙂

  12. rockermeg on January 11, 2009 at 9:36 am

    O.o I shall….Foo Fighters!!
    What if we’re in a band; how do we get involved???
    Love from RyuuAi Motel,
    (It’s early days but we’d love to get involved)

  13. msgirl on January 11, 2009 at 6:20 am


  14. joze9diablorojo on January 11, 2009 at 1:13 am

    hey mike, you know what? theres a video of a crazy brazilian, he’s pretty drunk and tells stupid things, someone made a mix of him and hey, ! it has a lot of rythm.. but the point its that he has a linkin park shirt lol, love from mexico, bye
    if you wanna know what is he talking about just type, jeremias subtitled

  15. Saphira on January 10, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    this is great! there should be more people like them who are willing to help others who are in great need. I feel proud that my fav band ahem LP!!! also helped those poor people who lost their home because of katrina =) Mike u totally rock! musicians should being as kindhearted as you =D

  16. Chazyana on January 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Hello Mike, I write you today because I have watched this on youtube…
    It’s a videoclip of Porta (he is an “artist”), and I think he copies a linkin park song! (leave out all the rest). Please, watch it…I want you to know it! It could be a possible crime, right? I just want to warn you, ok? Mike, have a nice day…And…LP music is amazing! I am very excited about the new CD!! I wish you good luck!

  17. big_bad_lukas on January 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    thats nice
    i like when bands do all the charity stuff
    all bands should be like this !
    mike ever heard of lacuna coil ?? our friend Don Gilmore is doing an album with them =)

  18. Madlen on January 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    What you guys are doing is so amazing and kind…it’s really great that they’re still people like you out there.I support MFR anyway I can and I was actually thinking the other day about making my own website where I can provide information for reducing the global warming,the CO2 emission and so on.I’m in a chemistry class and I take it as something I have to do because I do care about this kind of stuff and I really wish I could do more about it.And again-it’s really great what you’re doing.:)

  19. PARADOX on January 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Oh..yes yes…that kid’s smiling is so beautiful.


  20. Wello on January 10, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Wow. This is an amazing charity. I only wish I could help more.

  21. APHELION on January 10, 2009 at 9:05 am

    @LPFMFAN and i wonder what you’re going to feel knowing that @CUZ’s dad got car crash.

  22. ShadowerLiltani on January 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

    OMG, MFR has the energy of breeding jack rabbits. Look at all the stuff they’ve done! I’m very fond of the 332,000 trees. Quick question, do you have to be a musician to be part of MFR, or a celebrity, or at the average joe status that I’m at right now, would I be able to be involved the same way you (Linkin Park) is?

  23. cuz on January 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

    MFR does an amazing job. It’s great that helps more, but unfortunately it also means that there’s more disasters. Beside that MFR helps, it also makes other people think about that cases and its reasons. I think that more of us are focused on global warming and what we can do to stop it. Everybody can do his own little thing to help. Go green, donate/buy something from MRF store and simply put a banner or SocialVibe badge on his profile, blog, whatever. Good luck with all your job in 2009 🙂 You really make the world a better place to live.

  24. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on January 10, 2009 at 7:57 am

    very good, Mike. i really love thay you guys care about the people who need help, or about victims of natural disasters. u’r awesome, really. MFR is an great organitzation. i want to do soemthin 4 MRF tho, its a very special thing 4 me. i dont like annoyin poeple with my words, Mike, but now im really happy to see wat u do to help the others. very good. 🙂 take care, Gabry

  25. Ana_ on January 10, 2009 at 6:35 am

    It is very interesting to see that so many artists are involved in MFR. And I also agree that more bands should help. Keep up the awesome work with MFR. 🙂 The kid is so lovely… ^_^

  26. miKer0cks on January 10, 2009 at 6:00 am

    That’s one of the many many reasons why i love you guys!!! You are ansolutely awesome…You care about others and the enviroment and you try to do whatever you can to help people in need 🙂 MFR is an amazing organisation 🙂 Congrats… 😀

    PS. The new LPUTV episode ”Unicorns and lollipops” is so funny!!! LOL…It made my day when i watched it yesterday 🙂 And the new bandmerch is pretty cool too 🙂

    PSS. Love the pic with the kid 🙂

  27. deadbyke on January 10, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Mike,i’m a boy who have loved LP for 4 years in China…
    thank you for all you’ve done to the victims in Sichuan earthquake….
    love you
    waiting for LP’s new album

  28. nillp on January 10, 2009 at 5:23 am

    “LP is not being a hero. LP is being something more” -a quote from the dark knight; slightly modified x)-because even MFR isn’t a LP’s charity, it exists today only ’cause of LP’s initiative!

    “being something more” this is what LP –with its lyrics (that have helped me A LOT)– and MFR are being for SO many people! it’s amazing the difference that MFR did in one single year.. i’m really proud of all you guys, MFR and of those who contributed in some way (myself included o/)..

    this photo is a proof that MFR is being something more in people’s lives -just like LP-.. since his smile is one of the most heartfelt things i’ve ever seen!

    congrats and keep being something more!

    mk’nil :*

  29. Shinodabestfriend on January 10, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I love this things… you’ve got a really big heart.. I have no words…. wonderful…

  30. MarishkaLP on January 10, 2009 at 3:09 am

    wOw.. that’s a lot of work! thank u

  31. Aditya_the_warrior_within on January 10, 2009 at 3:08 am

    yes indeed a good post … fully agree with nenelp88 … although i also don’t believe in advertising, but people should be aware of this and MFR …
    and ya the kids smile is turly charming 🙂

  32. NeneLP88 on January 10, 2009 at 2:10 am

    Great post. It’s very important to point out all MFR did for recovering from natural disasters which took place during 2008. And MFR did ALOT. Thanks.

    And the kid’s smile in the picture enlightened my day. 🙂

  33. lp_fm_fan on January 10, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Mike, from all the people from Texas that were affected by Hurricane Ike, I want to say, thank you. This really means a lot, to lots of my fellow Texans that have been hit, some with the worst possible news; death, losing their home and having absolutely no items of their past. It’s still pretty bad in Galveston Island.

    We live near the coast so we got hit, but not horribly.
    Here are some after pics: My mom and I cried when we saw this. It’s two minutes away from my house. That’s was a brick wall. boat in a yard.

    We’re fine, minimal damage.


  34. KATHYxx on January 10, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Thanks Mike

  35. Kalini on January 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

    MFR has done a lot of work in the past year. It’s been really a busy year. It’s a good idea more artists to be included in the organization. It would be very useful if MFR partners also with more local charity and emergency organizations. Excellent post! KK

  36. Anene on January 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t know why this post made me happy but it did. Interesting. Anyways, i hope during your next Projekt Revolution tour or Linkin Park tour, you have those booths available or at least have those VIP packages that were auctioned off on Ebay so people have an ample enough opportunity to help either by donating their time, or buying VIP packages. I couldn’t volunteer last Pro Rev but i bought a VIP package. That made me feel better knowing i was helping make a difference. ^_^

  37. Moonlight_Dagger on January 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Ok, thought that you are a super girl.

  38. ms_shock on January 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  39. Veronica on January 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve volunteered at a couple MFR booths in the past and for once I actually felt like I was doing something bigger than myself not to mention getting to see LP perform (which is always a plus :-D). I have to say it made the concerts that much more enjoyable. I’m a very quiet person who is usually the last person to speak to people I don’t know. Doing the MFR booth forced me to speak to new people and I ended up meeting interesting people as well as learning a lot about myself. For that and so many other reasons I hope having MFR booths at the shows becomes a tradition for a long time to come.

  40. Philly_Willy on January 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    That’s an awesome amount of work, good luck in the future with MFR.

  41. Doggie24690 on January 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    God that’s just phenomenal. That put a smile on my face Mike, no joke. I hope to donate more sometime soon and I also agree that more bands should be involved. “Music” does not consist of “Linkin Park,” granted that’s a good part of it, but outside of that more artists should be happy to join partnership with MFR. For example, I wish the Avenged Sevenfold tickets I’m buying this month would some how benefit the natural disaster victims you just described but unfortunately, they do not. Ironically, I was thinking about that today when I was making plans with my friend and I’m wearing my MFR shirt. Haha. Thank you for the update Mike, I appreciate it.

  42. EpilepticChickenScratch on January 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Hey Mike! I worked with MFR at the shows in Lexington, KY and Noblesville, IN this year. I have to say: Missy, Maurice, and Hugo are all amazing people. I loved working with them and am proud to know that my friends and I were able to help with the things you’ve listed. I was able to meet you and Rob in Noblesville this year, too =). Thanks for the awesome opportunities to help with MFR and to get to talk to you guys. ❤ -Jade

  43. ThePrincess on January 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    OMG that kid are very sweet … I’m very impressed with the humanitarian activities that in held by MUSIC FOR RELIEF.. because I always dream to have a foundation to help children and women … very great work guys … and I appreciate that are really great .. anyway did MUSIC FOR RELIEF having the plan to help the children and woman in Palestine at this time? I think they needed … coz I want to participate by contributing even with little money ….

  44. Hybr1d_7h3ory on January 9, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    MFR is an amazing organization. Enough cant be said about it.

    Stay aware and stay alive


  45. ninguem on January 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Nice thing mike, is good see guys like you doing this, and i heard some rumours of lp in brazil in june, can you talk more about this?

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