Music community takes action in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

By Robert Gleim

In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, several benefits concerts are popping up along the east coast. Among the most high-profile is NBC’s benefit show featuring Jersey boys Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi as well as Long Island’s Billy Joel.

All proceeds from the concert telecast will go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Christina Aguilera, Sting, Mary J Blige and Jon Stewart will also take part in the event, making it a truly star-studded affair. It’s scheduled to air Friday at 8 p.m. on several networks including NBC, MSNBC, USA Network, Bravo, E! Style Network and more.

What’s more, has announced that all proceeds from upcoming shows on its voter Participation Tour will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. An all-star show slated for November 5 at New York’s Highline Ballroom will feature Questlove, Bella Flec, Anders Osborne, and more. In addition to raising funds for Sandy relief efforts, Headcount staff and volunteers will be on hand encouraging people to get out and vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Sandy damage at New Amsterdam Records

Meanwhile, New Amsterdam Records announced that their Brooklyn headquarters has been devastated by Sandy. The non-profit label, which has a unique model that distributes 80% of album revenues directly to artists, is asking for assistance rebuilding its new office that they recently spent months renovating. For more info or to donate, check out New Amsterdam’s Facebook page.

HeadCount Participation Tour dates:
Friday November 2             Baltimore Sound Stage      Baltimore, MD
Saturday November 3         The Blockley                      Philadelphia, PA
Sunday November 4           The Howard Theatre           Washington, DC
Monday November 5          Highline Ballroom               New York, NY

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