Stars Launch ActionAid Live.
Everything Everything, The Wombats and more back the emergency music network...
The charity ActionAid has launched the world’s first ever emergency music network, backed by music stars including The Wombats, Everything Everything, Chapel Club, Cancer Bats and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
ActionAid Live is a nationwide network of bands, musicians, promoters and venues primed to spring into action and raise funds the next time a humanitarian emergency strikes in one of the world’s most vulnerable areas.
ActionAid ambassador Huw Stephens said: “When an emergency strikes – whether it’s an earthquake, flood or tsunami – we all want to do what we can to help. ActionAid Live brings together music fans, bands and promoters in a united effort to save lives both in those vital first few days following a disaster and in the long term.
“I’ve seen for myself the amazing work ActionAid does, and they’re one of the most inspiring charities out there – by raising money for them in an emergency, the money you raise will make the biggest difference possible.”
Bands, musicians and promoters can now sign up to ActionAid Live at www.actionaid.org.uk/live to support the humanitarian response during the next big emergency by putting on a fundraising gig – or donating money from an existing show they’re already involved with – creating a UK-wide network of events united to raise money and save lives.
ActionAid Live is part of the charity’s wider emergency fundraising network, called the Global Emergencies Team. This is a way for every individual – whether they’re in a band or not – to get involved in an emergency response whether in their workplace or local community. To find out more about the wider emergency network, visit www.actionaid.org.uk/team.
Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard said: “We’d like you to put your hands up and take action next time there’s a global emergency. If you attend an ActionAid Live gig or put one on yourself, you’ll be raising money to help ActionAid save lives in some of the poorest parts of the world. £50 will feed an entire family for a fortnight, and £100 could shelter two families. We’re doing our bit to support ActionAid Live and we want you to do the same.”
The next time an emergency strikes, the bands involved will be getting involved to raise money for ActionAid’s response, while Huw Stephens will be spreading the word to up-and-coming new talent around the country to do their bit.
Find out more and access resources including template posters and flyers, guides on how to put on a successful fundraiser and banners and badges for use on websites and social media spaces at www.actionaid.org.uk/live.