20 January 2010 -
When you have the ears and the hearts of some of the leading musicians in the world, that is what you use to get people to give. Paste magazine today launched its creative response to the tragedy in Haiti with a “Songs for Haiti” Web site that offers access to MP3 tracks to those who donate. Tracks come from artists like Ludacris, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Hanson and Bruce Cockburn among 200 artists who contributed their work to the effort. Visitors can donate to the charities with whom Paste is partnered - Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund - or they can declare where else they have donated in order to access the Paste vault of 250 songs. It is on the honor system, the company says. As of this morning, the site reported over $45,000 in donations.
Paste says it is passing 100% of donations to the partnered organizations. Artists are being asked by the magazine to contribute songs to be held in the vault.
"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 editor-in-chief in a statement. "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."
Bruce has contributed Waiting for a Miracle from Anything Anytime Anywhere.
[ this info from www.brucecockburn.org Thanks Daniel. ]
~by Steve Smith, www.pastemagazine.com/songsforhaiti