EMI’s artists and songwriters including Corinne Bailey Rae, VV Brown, JLS, Sting, Bono and others recently raised close to $1 million in aid to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Managed by eBay, the major record label auctioned a number of personal items and memorabilia from its heavyweight roster, bringing in roughly $470,000 from fans across the globe. EMI then matched the contributions.
Even in the economic downturn that many countries are experiencing, individuals continue to show great generosity.
“What a wonderful result!!” EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon said in a statement. “It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI family, artists, songwriters, friends and staff alike. It has been a privilege for all of us at EMI to have participated in this effort to raise money to help the people of Japan who have suffered so much.”
The money raised will go to the Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Corinne Bailey Rae donated a personal favorite Prada dress worn on her first tour, along with a note.