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Paste Magazine Brings Musicians Together For ’Songs For Haiti’

Originally Posted: January 19, 2010

"Songs For Haiti" offers songs that can be downloaded for contribution to relief efforts. Images courtesy of Paste Magazine

Southampton - Among the numerous relief efforts underway to assist victims of the earthquake in Haiti, a well-known entertainment magazine, Paste Magazine, has devised a rather clever opportunity for those so inclined to donate to enjoy some great music for participating in these charitable undertakings.

Launched on Monday, "Songs For Haiti" is a music-centered relief effort featuring released and some unreleased songs from a diverse array of artists including Ludacris, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Hanson, Low Anthem, Umphrey's McGee, Switchfoot, Derek Webb, and over 200 others. "Songs For Haiti" allows anyone to click, donate and download a myriad of songs.

In less than a decade, the independent publication has grown to become the third largest rock magazine in the world, and according to publisher Nick Purdy, speaking from the magazine's home base in Atlanta, Georgia, he and his partner Tim Regan-Porter, who is the president of the magazine, felt that "We wanted to devise a means by which anyone, anywhere, could make a donation to the relief efforts in any monetary denomination and receive some acknowledgement for their gift."

Purdy further elaborated "We are an international magazine for the discerning pop culture lover. We have been in business for eight years and cover everything from films, television, books, music, and video games, so it was a natural extension for us to reach out to record labels, artists, managers and agents to invite any recording artist, including independents, to become part of this effort."

You can log on to www.songsforhaiti.org to make a donation and download recordings.

Purdy also wants the public to be aware that "Whether people donate through Paste or through another charity (just have to say where); all will have access to the vault of 'Songs For Haiti' MP3s. One hundred percent of the money contributed through the site will be spread equally among three charities active in Haiti relief: Doctors Without Borders, The Red Cross, and Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund." [Note: donations submitted directly through "Songs For Haiti" are not tax deductible, since Paste is not a charitable organization].

"We obviously don't think people would need incentive to donate in this effort, but perhaps the campaign will inspire more music fans to get involved, or to encourage people who have already donated, to donate again," said Josh Jackson, Paste Magazine's Editor-In-Chief. "Music has always been a force that brings people together, and to have so many fantastic artists drop everything to contribute to this effort was very touching," Jackson added.

According to Mark Ballard, a friend of the Paste founders, who is assisting the magazine in this endeavor, "The list of artists just keeps growing and growing, and to make this a realtiy so quickly just shows the concern everyone has for the people of Haiti." Additional information regarding "Songs For Haiti" can also be directed to Ballard at Mark@rosengrouppr.com, or call 212-255-8455.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

Updated: January 19, 2010, 1:07 pm
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