Biggest Benefit Concerts
- Live Aid raised more than $200 million to help famine victims in Ethiopia on July 13, 1985. The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. As the “global jukebox,” Live Aid was hosted in Wembley Stadium in London, England and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It marks one of the greatest television broadcast of all time, as 1.9 billion people from all around tuned in for the live broadcast.
- @FarmAid was started by country artists @willienelson, @johnmellencamp, and Neil Young to support family farms. Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America. It has raised more than $39 million to support family farmers and educated people about how family-run farms produce food of the highest quality.
- 1,000 musicians gathered for Live 8 to promote awareness of the G8 Summit on July 2, 2005. It also happened around the same time as the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. It called for taking action against poverty. The concerts were held in Japan, London, Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, and Edinburgh.
- In 2010, Hope For Haiti Now raised $61 million to help rebuild Haiti.
- More than 100 artists perform every year on @LiveEarth to increase environmental awareness through live and televised entertainment. It was founded by Emmy-winning producer Kevin Wall in partnership with former Vice President Al Gore.
- Our very local BFD concert kicks off every summer with high-profile artists such as The Strokes and Linkin Park.
Stars Holding their own Charity Concerts
- Last week Jay-Z held a concert to help low-income students cover college costs.
- Last week Mary J. Blige held a concert to support (RED) campaign that fights AIDS and HIV.
- Will.i.am raised $5 million for needy students at his concert last Thursday.
- By giving youth choice over this year’s charity, T-Pain hopes to inspire them to get involved in their communities.
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