Linkin Park’s Music for Relief Fund Joins Entertainment Industry Foundation
Music for Relief, the fund Linkin Park created to aid those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has announced it is becoming the official crisis relief program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
"My bandmates and I founded Music for Relief in the spirit of collaboration; recognizing that we could do more in partnership with others," Linkin Park’s Brad Delson tells Billboard in a statement. "Joining forces with EIF exemplifies the teamwork that will make both entities stronger."
According to their official website, throughout its first twelve years, Music for Relief responded to more than 30 natural disasters across four continents providing immediate relief and funding long-term recovery with a focus on sustainability. Having raised $11 million, it is folding into Entertainment Industry Foundation to amplify the results of its disaster relief and recovery work.
“The Entertainment Industry Foundation has the capability to activate the entertainment community around a cause, which is what we set out to achieve with Music for Relief,” Delson says.
The mission of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2018, is to "create high-profile programs and events that address critical social issues, urgent needs, as well as those that inform, inspire and raise significant funds for sustainable initiatives that can stimulate innovation and transform lives."
“EIF is honored to help magnify the vision of the generous founders of Music for Relief, the members of Linkin Park, and their donors, partners and fans,” says EIF CEO Nicole Sexton. “Music for Relief will allow EIF the capability to harness the power of the entertainment community to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by natural disasters around the globe…It's an honor to be their strategic partner in amplifying the Music for Relief mission, and mobilizing the creative community to respond immediately to future global disasters.”
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Linkin Park intended to continue on in the wake of frontman Chester Bennington's tragic suicide last July. Singer and band co-founder Mike Shinoda tweeted, "I have every intention on continuing with LP, and the guys feel the same. We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it'll take time."
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