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Natalie Portman Mix
November 1, 2007, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Music, News, Non-profit, People

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Ever wonder what music Natalie Portman likes and listens to?…

“Natalie has put together Big Change: Songs for FINCA, a $7.99 charity album available through iTunes, mixing together 16 songs from artists like Norah Jones and Antony & the Johnsons, and including exclusive tracks from the likes of M. Ward and Devendra Banhart — even a shiny new Shins remix. Net proceeds from the album — due Oct. 30 — will benefit FINCA (villagebanking.org), an organization that helps alleviate poverty in developing countries; she’s worked with the group since 2003.”

Go to iTunes today to check out the complete set and download it.

Damn she’s fine.

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Punk Label Donates $1million to Charities
October 30, 2007, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Companies, Music, News, Non-profit | Tags: , , ,

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While other music labels are whining about the music industry. Hopeless records is giving money away to causes!

Sub City record label was created 8 years ago by the newly-prolific punk label Hopeless Records when they reached a point of selling more albums than they needed to support the label itself. Louis Posen – founder and president of Hopeless Records – thought it would be a good idea to start a second label that would be devoted to helping out less-fortunate people through donations and raising awareness. The name Sub City in part describes the subsidies it would provide to non-profit organizations, as well as declaring the underground roots of the music and people who are involved. Today Sub City and Hopeless Records are celebrating their million-dollar-milestone. Between Sub City’s sales proceeds and Hopeless Records’ Take Action Tour, the group have donated more than $1 million USD to more than 50 nonprofit organizations.”

Posen describes the charity structure as such:

“We wanted it to be clear to the fans that when they buy a release, 5 percent of the suggested retail list price is going the charity they see on the back of the record and in the literature in the insert and they know that’s coming from the label and the artist and it’s based on gross, not on profits. So they can be very clear what the donation is, where it’s going and who’s giving it.”

Whining and complaining about your industry doesn’t help anyone. So for all the other labels out there. Take some notes from Hopeless Records.

Via > Music News Culture



Instant Karma (Save Darfur)
August 1, 2007, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Awareness, Charity, Companies, Music, News

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GoodStorm is up to so much good stuff,.. I had to let you know about their Instant Karma MixTape >

“GoodStorm has partnered with Amnesty International, Apple, and Warner Brothers’ Music to bring you “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur”. It combines the power of John Lennon’s music recorded by some of the world’s best-known artists, together with cutting-edge forms of instant activism enabled by Internet and mobile technologies. The project will call attention to the urgent situation in Darfur where between 2 and 400,000 have died, 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes, and 4.5 million people in Darfur and hundreds of thousands in the neighboring countries of Chad and Central African Republic are at risk of starvation, disease, and further attacks. More than 50 musical artists, including U2, Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Green Day, Ben Harper, and Aerosmith, have joined this international effort that combines John Lennon music, technology, and human rights activism. Do your part to help end the suffering in Darfur by putting the GoodStorm Instant Karma MixTape on your blog or website.”

To see all the artists on the CD and if you’d like to put the Instant Karma widget on your site or buy the album from iTunes go here.



GoodStorm (Music)
August 1, 2007, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Charity, Companies, Music, News, Services

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When we originally wrote about GoodStorm back in January of this year,.. we were telling you about how they newly launched company was letting individuals design t-shirts on their site (they handled all the fulfillment) and let you keep some of the profits. Well it looks like GoodStorm is at it again,.. and this time they’re doing it with music >

“Tagged as “Capitalism Done Right,” GoodStorm‘s Mixtape connects bands and fans together and spreads the wealth. Users are able to create a play list of up to 100 songs from over 2.7 million tracks and then place it as a widget on a personal web site, blog, MySpace or Facebook page where visitors can purchase a track for a shade under a buck. Artists, who need to have signed up and uploaded their work for it to be used — so get uploading, kids — receive 65 cents. GoodStorm takes 29 cents, giving a portion of the profits to various charities and social initiatives like the Save Darfur campaign, proving philanthropically that capitalism, when done right, can be used for the greater good. You get to pocket the remaining 5 cents.”

A great example of “Capitalism Done Right” Great indie bands receive exposure, money is raised for charity,.. and you get a nickle! Yeah I know a nickel isn’t much,.. but like everything else,.. small things add up,.. (plus all you did was copy and paste some code,… don’t be greedy : )

Make your own mixtape here

Via > JoshSpear 



Ringtones raise money
March 6, 2007, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Awareness, Music, News, Non-profit

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I’ve personally never downloaded a ring tone,.. I prefer to not have everyone around me know my phone is ringing.  Anyway,.. after seeing this story I might think twice about it.

“The Brazilian aid group Cidade Movel is raising money for the Xavante Indians who live in the Amazon rainforest by selling ringtones based on their traditional chants. According to a Reuters article tones like “the hunt song” and “the healing dance” have already garnered tens of thousands of dollars for the impoverished community.”

That’s awesome! Seems like more of this should be going on. Espcially considering how big the ringtone market is —>

“ARC predicts global (ringtone) sales will surpass $5.2 bil by 2008. IDC estimates that by 2007 ringtones will be a $1 bil market in the United States.”

$1b dollar market in the US!? $5.2b worldwide!! Take a percentage of that,.. and well you know the rest of the story. Do something good with it!! 

Via > ALR

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Snow Patrol
March 1, 2007, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Charity, Music, News, People

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If you’re a fan of Snow Patrol then i’m sure you probably already know about their 4th single “Open Your Arms”,.. But did you know? >

“Snow Patrol will donate a percentage of the royalties generated by the single to Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future Campaign…” …”Over 40 million children living with the effects of conflict can’t go to school. Yet education is the very thing that could keep them safe, give them and their countries hope, and transform their lives. The donation from this single will help make sure all children get a chance to go to school. ”

Listen to the preview here.



Incubus VIP Packages
January 24, 2007, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Auctions, Charity, Music, News

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INCUBUS IS AUCTIONING VIP PACKAGES FOR THEIR UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL TOUR!
26 Shows in 14 Different Countries
All Proceeds will Benefit Their Charity, Make Yourself Foundation

“If you missed the opportunity to buy tickets for the Incubus International 2007 Tour, this is your chance to not only see the show, but also Meet the Band!

Incubus and The Make Yourself Foundation (MYF) are auctioning off VIP Packages in each city on their upcoming tour this March and April.

The eBay charity auction runs January 22 – February 1. All 26 cities on the tour are up for auction right now! Visit the Incubus Ebay Store to see our current auctions and make a bid. To date, Incubus fans have helped raise over $800,000 for MYF from these VIP auctions. Hopefully Incubus fans will help us reach or exceed that goal in 2007!!”

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For more info on Make Yourself Foundation go here.