17 January 2013
10 weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, communities continue the long road towards recovery. The devastating impact continues to ripple through communities, and while the outward and physical signs have largely been repaired, the hidden economic impact continues to grow as small businesses, schools and individual households struggle to overcome the financial and emotional hit.
"Songs After Sandy Vol 1-3" the charity compilation on PledgeMusic aims to sustain awareness and raise funds for community based on the ground charities including Restore Red Hook, Occupy Sandy (the "Wedding Registry") and Green Ground Zero.
RINGO STARR: "I want to thank everyone for what they are doing. This is how Peace & Love works. Well done Green Ground Zero, Occupy Sandy & Restore Red Hook. Peace & Love, Ringo"
PAUL McCARTNEY: "I am happy to donate ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ towards this relief project. In the wake of the devastation it is good to know that so many people are getting together to provide relief for those whom have suffered most."
The three volume charity compilation features artists from sea to shining sea, the latest including music from Texas’ own Ray Wylie Hubbard and The Cush, the Maine based Folk Indie duo Aborea, Red Hook Brooklyn’s City Billies, Gangstagrass and Tone Johanasen (of Sunnys Bar), Australia’s Luluc, to Los Angeles’ Tom Freund. Amy Speace, Romantica, Ben Arthur, Davy Knowles and Antje Duvelot also appear.
PledgeMusic will be the only place you can pre-order this album (and look out for subsequent editions!). In addition to the album, many of the artists here will offer up exclusive signed items and experiences so keep an eye out.
BEN HARPER: Signed poster from his recent sold out performance at Carnegie Hall
MICKEY HART: Signed drum head
RUSSELL BRAND: 2 Tickets to an upcoming taping of Russell’s show, Brand X, in Los Angeles and a Meet & Greet afterwards. (Note: Not valid for Episodes 1, 2, or 13). NOTE: This item will be sold as an auction item via Charity Buzz, click here for a link to purchase.
About Green Ground Zero: GGZ is a non-profit focused on advancing the dialogue of green design, coastal resiliency, habitat restoration and sustainable development for rethinking and re-imagining a better world. Through a network of green builders and experts, GGZ connects people with knowledge in community-based design, design-build, and sustainability with people in need to rebuild after natural and man-made disasters. The organization provides education opportunities for students, community members, designers and others to explore sustainability and green building.
Founded in 2002 to advocate for Lower Manhattan to be rebuilt with sustainability, GGZ has grown into an international organization working to rebuild disaster areas and restore ecosystems.
About Restore Red Hook: Restore Red Hook aims to raise funds to help the small businesses of Red Hook, Brooklyn reopen their doors as soon as possible after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. From the restaurants, bars, and vintage shops to the corner bodegas, these businesses define and serve our community. We need help from inside and outside Red Hook to help rebuild our neighborhood for business owners, residents, and everyone else who loves our little seaside town.
Getting through this time of devastation is going to require a great deal of outside assistance. The damage to many of our businesses is severe, and few business owners have hope that fiscal help is on the way (FEMA primarily helps homeowners, and flood insurance is virtually unavailable in this neighborhood). As we continue to canvas the neighborhood, the list of businesses we hope to serve will become more clear.
We want to make sure the integrity of the fund is well structured, and able to flex with the needs of the community. An advisory board, comprised of third party members, is being established to ensure funds are disbursed responsibly. Our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor is the Fund for the City of New York, a longstanding New York institution.
About Red Hook Initiative: In 2002 the Red Hook Health Initiative began as a program of a local hospital, in response to the severity of health and social issues in Red Hook. Over the last decade we have developed into a well-regarded community-based institution. In 2006 we formed the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), an independent 501(c)3, in order to expand our scope to better meet community needs. In February 2010, RHI moved into a brand new community center. It is a green building, representing our commitment to social justice and sustainability. This year, 2012, RHI is celebrating our 10th Anniversary and is moving forward with a renewed commitment to the people and community of Red Hook.
About Occupy Sandy: Occupy Sandy, an off-shoot of Occupy Wall Street, has been a leader in spreading the word about local volunteer and donation efforts online, and thereby spurring real, tangible responses. The group's Twitter and Facebook accounts have posted up-to-date information about exactly what is needed and where. And while the Red Cross doesn't take donations of individual household items and certain bare necessities, these very same needs have become Occupy Sandy's primary focus.
Sample Occupy Sandy Tweets: "Red Hook Initiative needs bowls and paper plates for food"; "Sunset Park Volunteer Hub needs Ham Radios and Operators or VHF Marine Radios"; "If you have a car or truck and want to help transport donated goods & volunteers, link in by texting '@osdrivers' to 23559."
Occupy Sandy's #Medics hashtag on Twitter found doctors for their hubs in Brooklyn and Queens. Hot meals are being prepared every day and night, with volunteers setting up makeshift food kitchens in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Sunset Park. And the network has even set up a wedding registry, via Amazon, so anyone who wants to send blankets, flashlights, dry goods, mini-fridges, batteries and toiletries from anywhere in the United States or around the world can easily do so. "Songs For Sandy" will contribute funds to get specific items on this Wedding Registry.