If you've been hiding under a rock, there's this thing called illegal downloading and it's cutting into every artist's paycheck. So when modest musicians dip into their pockets to fund huge community efforts, I kinda get all tingly inside. The Bonos and the Stings of the world already get a whole lot of credit for their change efforts abroad, but what about the other action-takers and change makers? Like Linkin Park.
The band, most well-known for their rap-metal sound (and mash-up with Jay-Z), is involved in more than just the business of music, they're in the business of relief. Linkin Park began Music for Relief, just after the 2004 tsunami hit Indonesia and have since continued to expand into in-need communities all around the world. In just five years, they've provided over $3.5 million dollars in relief from Haiti to Pakistan. They talked to Act about the inspiration for "Music For Relief" and ways readers can get involved:
"Music For Relief" needs your help to continue making change. By donating $10, you'll not only give directly to relief efforts in Haiti but you'll receive a year-long subscription to music created by "Music For Relief" artists like Kenna, Linkin Park, The All-American Rejects and Yeasayer.
Now look at that, downloading AND giving back...you, rockstar.