Artists Support Japan Charity Launched
Alan Niven, who managed Guns N’ Roses and Great White to multi-platinum success, is helping to put together a charity project to raise funds for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
“It’s called Artists Support Japan,” says Niven. “The idea, which began with Graham Thomas, an old friend and former CEO of Saatchi And Saatchi, is for artists to record an acoustic song with an i-Phone or whatever, something immediate and real and of the moment, and attach a message of support.
“We’ll put them on our YouTube and Facebook sites, and the fans get to see fresh and unusual performances. We’ll go to businesses and ask them to donate to the fund. If Sandra Bullock can give a million then perhaps we can find a company to make a meaningful donation, in return for site sponsorship. Individuals will also be able to donate personally.’
Among artists already committed are Paul Rodgers, Tom Hollister Trio, Glenn Hughes, Frankie Banali, Dee Snider, Blue Weaver and Phil Lewis.
You’ll be able to see all of the contributions at www.youtube.com/user/ArtistsSupportJapan
Any bands wishing to get involved should email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org