It has been almost four months since Hurricane Sandy — and unfortunately, many charities have moved on. But if you’re still looking for ways to give to the ravaged areas of the northeast, don’t worry: some of your your favorite artists are putting together new, creative ways to get their fans involved. In some cases, you can even score some swag.
Here are five global acts still doing good, and tips on how to help them.
Swedish House Mafia: Black Tie Rave, Feb 28th
Wanna rebuild lives and rave at the same time? The EDM trio is throwing a (strict dress code) Black Tie Rave on February 28 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and the third round of tix are being auctioned off starting today. Bidding starts at $100 a ticket, so dig deep. All proceeds go to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, specifically for Sandy victims. Click here to enter the auction, and check out their The King & I-clipped promotional video.
tUnE-yArDs As Yoko, Out Now
Yoko Ono enlisted one of her favorite new bands, tUnE-yArDs, to cover and remix a few of her classics: “We’re All Water” and “Warrior Woman.” The recordings form the new 10” vinyl called tUnE-yArDs as Yoko, which is available for purchase on iTunes. All proceeds go to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. As consumers, we get a limited edition disc with two fresh tracks and a nifty Yoko drawing. As humanitarians, we know we’ve helped an amazing organization. Sweet deal.
Re/Create New York: March 15
Fashion, music and goodwill combine in this series of auctions: the non-profit org ReCreate has joined forces with the likes of Kanye West, Skrillex, Selena Gomez and Michael Stipe to sell their donated swag like autographed sneakers, clothes, art pieces and accessories. The next auction will take place on March 15, and you can get involved now by visiting www.recreatenewyork.org. All auction proceeds go to the New York Cares organization, specifically to Hurricane Sandy victims. Michael Stipe is donating bronze cassettes to the cause:
You, Too, Can Dress Like Madonna
Madonna’s MDNA tour props and outfits could be yours! After visiting the New York Rockaway area with her children and witnessing the catastrophic aftermath first-hand, the original Material Girl recently announced she will be aiding relief efforts by auctioning off mementos and tour outfits. Still waiting on further directives, but we sincerely hope the options include this number:
The Storm is Passing Over, Out Now
Emerging Brooklynites Lucius have joined forces other artists (Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, et al) to record the benefit album The Storm Is Passing Over. 15 tracks, all storm-related. Download now at www.thestormispassingover.com, and all the proceeds will go to Occupy Sandy, a relief organization designed to support Hurricane Sandy victims directly.
–Words by Amanda Lopez