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As the 2013 tour gets set to kick off in Texas, the Dave Matthews Band is offering relief to a community recently struck by tragedy. Bama Works, the charitable arm of the DMB is donating $100,000 to the area of West, TX according to The USA Today. A fertilizer plant exploded April 17 devastating the town.
The 2013 tour begins May 17 in Woodlands, TX.
Dave Matthews has donated $50,000 to the Casterbridge Music Development Academy in South Africa. His donation was matched by local business, Seasons In Africa. The Academy's goal is to allow local youths to attend music workshops and learn to play musical instruments. The Academy is based on the model used for the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA. More information on Dave's contribution and the Academy is available here
The Dave Matthews Band has been one of the most charitable musical acts out there. Their fans are not too far behind. One fan in particular has taken that an extra step.
Kevin Bailey started his own charity, The Sky Is Not Limited, as an effort to bring clean water to Africa. You may have seen a thread sticked in the Tour Section of the forum during tour season promoting a contest they ran for an iPad. The charity recently completed their goal of getting a clean water system to Tanzania. A Documentary on his adventures in Africa is on its way "soon". Kevin tells the rest of the story on how he got to this point and how you facilitated his efforts here.
UPDATE: You can now view Kevin's documentary chronicling his African adventures here.
UPDATE #2: The Sky is Not Limited, which got it start fundraising at DMB shows, is in Africa this week to install two more solar powered well projects. The projects will be located in Tanzania in the villages of Kimbiji and Mkokozi. This is the first water well in the village of Kimbiji. The Sky is Not Limited will provide the solar equipment to provide rural electricity for the well pumps. Money has been raised by the organization through fans at concerts in collaboration with Reverb and other fund raisers. The wells will be drilled by the Tanzanian based non-profit organization, African Reflections Foundation. To follow the progress of the projects, you can follow The Sky is Not Limited on Facebook.
UPDATE #3: (2012) Kevin headed back to Africa to facilitate another solar pump, check out the latest African Drill set up.
Dave Matthews Band is getting the word out; stop HIV transmissions from mother to child by 2015. The ONE organization has been spreading the word about AIDS for years now, and their current focus is on the transmission of AIDS from mother to child. DMB is fully behind this message. Other celebrities have also facilitated the effort, such as Tim McGraw, Daughtry, Ellen Degeneres, and Ashley Greene to name a few.
Stop on by the ONE official site to learn more about their efforts, and other interests they have.
Dave Matthews will be joining an All-Star team to benefit Haiti. According to The Official Site, Dave will perform in "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief". The broadcast event begins Friday, January 22 at 8 PM ET/PT, and 7 PM for those of you in the beloved Central Time Zone.
All the performances, and there will be over 100 artists performing, will be available via iTunes for $.99 a song the day after the broadcast. The charities benefited are the same ones that Bama Works funds, along with a few others assisting groups on the ground right now to facilitate the cleanup and rebuild effort in Haiti.
The Dave Matthews Band announced via the official site that they are facilitating the relief effort in Haiti. DMB's charity arm, Bama Works will work with many charities in efforts to assist Haiti, both immediately and long term.
To assist the charities that Bama Works will sponsor (among others), you can donate to the following:
For immediate relief:
Dave Matthews has taken to blogging. His column is located at ONE.org, an organization that has committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Among their causes is the important AIDS awareness movement and promotion of drinkable water in Africa.
You can sign up at ONE.org and also learn at that link to contact your government representative and make them aware of what you think about the good things ONE is trying to do.
The outpouring of grief in the community has been tremendous, to say the least. The most common question has been, "what can I do"?
The Official Site has established a memorial fund in one of LeRoi's favorite charities - Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Contributions can be mailed in, via check to the following address:
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
PO Box 1767
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Please note in the memo of your check that it is for the LeRoi Moore Memorial Fund.
You can also make a donation on-line, via this link. The default setting after you select your donation amount is for the LeRoi Moore Memorial Fund.
You still have time to get your hands on some DMB stuff for charity.
The African Well Fund is holding a charity auction featuring a treasure trove of items, including some DMB stuff. The non-DMB stuff features, among other items, an autographed U2 book (that'd be the new one), some autographed water bottles (the charity promotes clean water for people of Africa. Read more about it at the link above).
Dave Matthews Band announced that it has issued a $1.5 million challenge grant to help build the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village. The Village is a Habitat for Humanity project that seeks to build more than 300 homes in the city's Upper Ninth Ward with musicians and other New Orleanians who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
"After the hurricane first struck, we were shocked by the destruction, and we knew we wanted to help," said Dave Matthews Band. "We organized a concert with the Neville Brothers and the John Butler Trio shortly after the storm. The generosity of our fans and everyone involved exceeded our expectations."
The night 4 Red Rocks concert in Denver raised $1.5 million and is the source of funding for the challenge grant. "We want to thank the Denver community for making this grant possible," said Dave Matthews Band. "Many people donated their time and resources to keep costs to a minimum so we could maximize the donation.
"The recovery in New Orleans is moving very slowly," said the band. "This is our way to get the word out that there is more work to do, and ask people to step up to the challenge and make a donation to help." Contributions to the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village will be matched dollar for dollar through the grant, raising the total donation potential to $3 million. Donations can be made online by visiting www.habitat-nola.org and clicking on Musicians' Village.