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MUSIC BIZ SUPPORT FOR HARVEY RELIEF REMAINS STRONG

A full week after Hurricane Harvey first struck in and around Houston, the music biz continues to work together to help ease the suffering of victims of the historic storm.  

Click the graphic at left for an enlarged view of the Music Row Gives Back: Texas Relief drive poster, enlisting Nashville denizens to donate needed supplies.

BMG Nashville has announced it will support the following organizations: Houston Food Bank, Houston PetSet, Greater Houston Community Foundation and Texas Children's Hospital. They'll also be auctioning off promo items and merch in the coming days to benefit those groups. 

Said label chief Kos Weaver: "Many of our staff, writers and artists have ties to Houston, which makes us even more inclined to support disaster relief efforts. There are many great organizations collecting donations, but here are four that we plan to support. Please feel free to make a donation if you feel so inclined."

"The area has been overwhelmed with incoming donated supplies, we are focusing on encouraging donations to a handful organizations.  We will be pushing out that message on our socials by no later than tomorrow.  Our charitable efforts committee is also collecting auction items from people on both our label and publishing rosters. We have multiple artists and songwriter/artists with ties to the area, and plenty that do not have family connections there but are lining up to offer help in any way they can.  Unfortunately, it looks like this storm is one for the record books.  We continue to look for ways to support those affected by Harvey."

iHeartMedia has produced Texas Strong–Support for Victims of Hurricane Harvey, a long-form public affairs show that informs those in other parts of the country how they can get involved in relief efforts. Listen here: 

 

Warner Music Group has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, matching employee donations. The company is also spreading the word that KAJA San Antonio is asking for support for an acoustic charity event (details TBA), while Warner Music Nashville has provided audio liners for stations cultivating blood donors for the Red Cross. WMN star Brett Eldredge appeared on the Bobby Bones Show and will donate proceeds from merch to the Red Cross.

MusiCares is providing relief to members of the music community affected by this disaster; an application can be found here.

An array of stars have made generous contributions (some spurred by a challenge from Kevin Hart), including Drake, Dwayne Johnson, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Chainsmokers, DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez and Nashville artist Chris Young (details about the latter here).

Miley Cyrus tearfully announced she's contributing $500k through her nonprofit Happy Hippie Foundation.

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell donated $1m, with funds earmarked toward the smaller towns surrounding Houston and home restoration.

Alex Da Kid sent out a compassionate call to arms via Twitter:

Bleachers' Jack Antonoff has announced he's matching fan donations up to $10k to The Montrose Center; Fall Out Boy will donate all proceeds of their 11/7 Houston show at the Toyota Center to Harvey relief; Billy Joe Shaver says he will headline a two-night benefit in New Braunfels, TX, with all proceeds benefiting the Red Cross; and Immortal Technique is planning a benefit in San Antonio on 9/23 (details here). 

Houston native Solange announced on Instagram that she's added an "Orion's Rising" show in Boston on 9/28, with all proceeds earmarked for Harvey relief. "I'm committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love," she wrote.

Her sister Beyoncé has also stepped up, contributing a "significant donation," and raising funds through her Beygood Foundation, Info can be found on her website. She's requested that fans donate to Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation. Likewise, Buddy Guy is sending resources to the GHCF Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, via a silent auction at his 9/1 gig at San Antonio's Aztec Theater; and 9/2 at Houston's House of Blues. See his Facebook page for more info.

Alan Jackson's pitching in with a #HonkyTonks4Texas drive at his AJ's Good Time Bar in Nashville to raise funds for flood relief. From Thursday 8/31 through the end of Labor Day on 9/4, AJ's Good Time Bar will donate $1 for every item sold to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, administered through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 

Miranda Lambert is looking out for canines in need: Her rescue MuttNation Foundation has saved 72 dogs, several of whom she's sheltering herself. 

The T-shirt you see here is part of the Josh Abbott Band's initiative, which, for $30, will support organizations providing relief to those in Harvey's path. You can order it here. Thus far it's raised $35k, and Abbott has also brought BBQ from his restaurant to victims and first responders. 

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is sharing "I Cleaned Out My Closet for Houston," with shipping instructions for new/newish/clean clothes donations here:

Follow #FilltheTruck on Facebook to track the transfer of donated food, water, clothes and other supplies. We're hearing tell of trucks leaving from Austin filled with provisions. As one of our extended family on the ground says, "There's going to be so much needed once the water recedes."

This page provides an array of resources to help out, including food banks, pet rescue and more.

Live Nation Houston's Facebook page includes show cancellations and other updates.

We want to help spread the word about relief efforts; please be in touch. More updates on the way. 

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