January 22, 2010 – More than fifty recording artists from EMI Music around the globe have teamed up with the Red Cross to help drive support for and awareness of relief efforts in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti. The campaign, called ‘Answer the Call,’ features audio and images from musical artists encouraging fans to take action by donating to their local Red Cross to aid their relief efforts in Haiti.
Artists from all corners of the globe, spanning regions including North and South America, Africa, Europe and Australia, are recording audio and video public service announcements in English and in their native languages where applicable. EMI Music labels and artist representatives will be servicing the PSAs to local, national and international media outlets, and will also be making them available for blogs, websites and individuals to download and/or share them on social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and more.
“EMI Music has been a tremendous partner in mobilizing their artists from five continents — South and North America, Africa, Europe and Australia – and more are joining each day to ‘Answer the Call’ and bring attention to the disaster in Haiti,” said David Meltzer, Senior Vice President of American Red Cross International Services. “They have used their public voice to help others and we are deeply appreciative of their generosity.”
“We thank these many talented artists for ‘Answering the Call’ and using their voices to unite and encourage others to help the Haitian people during this critical time,” said Billy Mann, EMI’s President of New Music, International and Global Artist Management, who initiated the PSA program with the American Red Cross. “It is beautiful to see the overwhelming support from the artist community around the world. We hope others will follow their lead and help the Red Cross provide aid where it is most urgently needed for the people of Haiti.”
Media organizations who wish to access these video and audio PSAs can visit ftp://email@example.com to download them.
Some examples of various artist messages in the PSA include:
Belinda (English): Hi, this is Belinda. People affected by disasters like the recent earthquake in Haiti need your help. Your donation to the American Red Cross International response fund provides immediate relief and long-term support–through supplies, technical assistance, and other support to help people in need. Your help is urgently needed. Please make a contribution by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit cruzrojaamericana.org. Thank you. (Spanish): Hola amigos, soy Belinda. Los damnificados por catástrofes como el terremoto reciente de Haití necesitan tu ayuda. Tu donativo al fondo de ayuda internacional de la Cruz Roja Americana ayuda brindar socorro inmediato y a apoyo a largo plazo–a través de suministros, asistencia técnica, y de otro tipo. De verdad, necesitamos tu ayuda con urgencia. Haz un donativo. Llama al 1-800-733-2767 o visita cruzrojaamericana.org. Muchas gracias.
Juan Luís Guerra (English): Hi, this is Juan Luís Guerra and I’m asking you to answer the call. Haiti needs our help. Please donate whatever you can to the global relief efforts which can provide emergency medical care, food, shelter, medicine, and safe drinking water. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org. (Spanish): Hola, soy Juan Luís Guerra pidiéndote que respondas a la llamada. Haití necesita nuestra ayuda. Por favor ayuda los esfuerzos globales para poder proporcionar cuidados médicos de emergencia, alimento, refugio, medicinas, y agua potable. Para mas información, visita www.redcross.org
Bebe: Hola, soy Bebe. Haiti necesita nuestra ayuda. Por favor apoya los esfuerzos globales para poder proporcionar cuidados médicos de emergencia, alimento, agua potable, refugio, y medicina. Para mas información, www.redcross.org. Responde. Contesta la llamada.
Americans can donate in support of the relief effort in Haiti at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999 to make a $10 contribution. A $10 donation made through mobile giving can provide a family with two water cans to store clean drinking water, a blanket appropriate to the climate or other supplies to give people the ability to cook for their families.
Those music fans outside of the United States that wish to support the response effort in Haiti should contact their national Red Cross or Red Crescent society for more information.
You can help the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation by mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Participating Artists: EMI Music/American Red Cross Answer the Call Campaign for Haitian Relief (in alphabetical order)
Bebe – EMI Music Spain
Belinda – Capitol Latin US
Jane Birkin – EMI France
Bunbury – EMI Music Spain
Paty Cantú – EMI Music Mexico
Cabas – EMI Music Spain
Luz Casal – EMI Music Spain
Christian Chávez – EMI Music Mexico
Claxons – EMI Music Mexico
Caroline Costa – EMI Music France
Michael Cretu/Enigma – EMI Germany
Teresa Cristina – EMI Music Brazil
Cuentos Borgeanos – EMI Music Argentina
Paul Dempsey – EMI Australia
Shaila Dúrcal – EMI Music Mexico
Edson – EMI Music Brazil
Eiza – EMI Music Mexico
Laura Esquivel (Patito Feo) – EMI Music Argentina
Flex – EMI Music Mexico
Fonseca – EMI Music Colombia
Teddy Geiger – Stealth Entertainment
Leon Gieco – EMI Music Argentina
Juan Luís Guerra – Capitol Latin US
Erika Heynatz – EMI Australia
Insite – EMI Music Mexico
JotDog – EMI Music Mexico
Jaguares – EMI Mexico
Kika – EMI Music Mexico
Papas da Língua – EMI Music Brazil
Nicolás Mayorca – EMI Music Colombia
Macaco – EMI Music Spain
Mango Groove – EMI South Africa
Tânia Mara – EMI Music Brazil
Marcos & Belutti – EMI Music Brazil
Moderatto – EMI Music Mexico
Jorge Muñiz – EMI Music Mexico
Ricardo Montaner – Capitol Latin US
Operator Please – EMI Music Australia
Nina Pilots – EMI Music Mexico
Panda – EMI Music Mexico
Pauline – EMI Music France
PeeWee – Capitol Latin US
Alexandre Pires – EMI Music Brazil
Prime Circle – EMI Music South Africa
Rebecca – EMI Music South Africa
Diana Reyes – Capitol Latin US
Romane – EMI Music France
Hello Seahorse! – EMI Music Mexico
Edu Schmidt – EMI Music Argentina
Wilson Simoninha – EMI Music Brazil
Eva Simons – EMI Music Germany
Luke Steele – Empire of the Sun / The Sleepy Jackson – EMI Music Australia
Steve Hofmeyr – EMI Music South Africa
Angus & Julia Stone – EMI Music Australia
Jessica Sutta – Boo Management
The Sunstreak – Merovingian Records/EMI/Steatlh
Aleks Syntek – EMI Music Mexico
Vico C – Capitol Latin US
Watershed – EMI South Africa
Zaho – EMI Music France
Zoé – EMI Music Mexico
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