From Bangladesh to Band Aid: Musicians Giving Back

Musicians have a long history of giving back to their communities and supporting causes that make the world a better place. Rock music’s first major act of philanthropy was the concert for Bangladesh back in 1971. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, among many others, raised money to support humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh after a cyclone ravaged the region. That concert paved the way for future musicians’ humanitarian efforts such as Live Aid, Farm Aid and more recently 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, featuring The Who, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West and the surviving members of Nirvana.

The South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent are proud to be part of the tradition of giving back. For more than 60 years we’ve supported arts and education in our local communities by providing grants to libraries, conservatories and arts organizations. The money we give back to the community allows arts organizations to continue providing a creative outlet to local residents and visitors alike. To help us continue this work, please consider donating your Boston Globe GRANT voucher to the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

We’re thrilled to be hosting Little Big Town for the first time this summer. LBT is part of music’s long-standing tradition of giving back. LBT supports Blood:Water Mission. Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. The purpose of Blood:Water Mission projects are to “empower communities to fight against…”  Rather than providing a hand-out, they seek to transform communities from the inside out, enabling them to be the agents of change.

We applaud LBT and the other artists who support the important work of Blood:Water Mission.

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