the Tsunami that devastated much of southeast Asia last winter, our own webmaster
Sumo (aka Tommy Onyx) took it upon himself to find a way to help out and
make the best use of his particular skills and interests: the web and music.
he came up with was MP3relief.org, a music
download website in which all of the proceeds go to charity. The stated mission
of the project is to:
wanted to differentiate the relief project from others both by creating something
that would still provide help to people long after the headlines had moved on
to something else and give people a way to "discover great music all while
supporting a greater cause."
make this happen, Onyx teamed up with Mercy
Corps, an international humanitarian group, which "helps more than
seven million people each year recover from disasters, build stronger communities
and find their own solutions to poverty." All net proceeds from the efforts
go directly to Mercy Corps and their relief projects around the world.
current (and continually growing) artist lineup includes musicians from New York
to Texas and Los Angeles to Jakarta, Indonesia, while remaining fully rooted in
Detroit. The list also runs the gamut from established, Grammy nominated artists
to up and comers, all side by side. Onyx offers a special shout out to Royal Oak's
own Times Beach Records
who generously donated selections from their ENTIRE artist catalogue. This includes:
Ethan Daniel Davidson, The Muggs, Gold Cash Gold, Audra Kubat, Mark Dignam, and
Onyx volunteered all the time and resources to
make this project happen in order to find a lasting way to help out people in
need and check out great music at the same time. Click on www.mp3relief.org
to go now.
Also, if you're an artist or represent a record
label and are interested in participating in the effort, the donor information
page is here.