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Linkin Park has partnered with Shazam and is giving you a chance to win a Linkin Park flyaway to catch them in concert during a yet unknown U.S tour date. Using Shazam on Linkin Park’s x Steve Aoki performance of A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES this Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! you’ll also get an exclusive remix of the song. Details below.
We’re partnering up with Shazam to give you a chance to win a VIP trip to a Linkin Park show in 2014. All you have to do is download the Shazam app on your iPhone or Android and Shazam “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES” any time you hear it on the radio, TV or even on your iTunes. Every time you Shazam the song, you can enter for a chance to win (limit one entry per day).
Also, make sure you tune in to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, November 26th and Shazam our performance with Steve Aoki to get an exclusive free download of “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES” (Vicetone Remix).
Watch us on Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tune into ABC on Tuesday, November 26 at 11:35/10:35c. Check your local listings.
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda talks to Artisan News (this is the second part of the interview) and shares details on the band’s Haiyan Relief Effort saying this is just the beginning of a huge operation. The band is trying to recruit as many bands as possible to partner with them and Music For Relief for the Philippines. The bands and artists on board in the timebeing are: Enrique Inglesias, Foster The People, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Never Shout Never.
Last year National Geographic reached out to bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell to discuss Linkin Park’s ‘Power The World‘ initiative, read here. Since then Linkin Park has brought their initiative on a whole new level by releasing LP RECHARGE free Facebook game to raise awareness, a remix album called RECHARGED and a brand new song w/ Steve Aoki called A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES to promote the cause. Power The World’s latest project is to bring biogas systems in Kumrose village, Nepal to prevent deforestation, protect the wildlife and health of its residents. Fundraiser page here.
Two years ago, the band Linkin Park kicked off an initiative called Power the World with the goal of bringing clean energy to one million people. It started in partnership with the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All program, which aims to achieve universal energy access by 2030.
The Grammy-winning rock-rap sextet, whose appropriately titled album Recharged was released last month, have since promoted a series of initiatives geared toward improving energy access: solar lights in Haiti, solar suitcases in Uganda, energy-generating soccer balls in South Africa. The band has even released a free game, LP Recharge, set in “a not-too-distant future where humans have depleted all natural resources on the planet” and the remaining energy has been seized by an “elite minority.” Players are challenged to restore clean, sustainable power to the world.
For their latest real-world project, the band is turning to the problem of polluting cookstoves. Nearly three billion people worldwide use open fires or traditional stoves for cooking and heat, which results in deadly health effects and often contributes to deforestation. One such region where this symptom of energy poverty has taken a toll: the Terai region of Nepal, where each person uses an average of 2,000 pounds of wood each year for energy. Along with the World Wildlife Fund, Linkin Park and Power the World are trying to provide an alternative means of energy for people in the Himalayan village of Kumrose: biogas systems, which convert human and animal waste to methane for fuel.
The average cost of one biogas system, which includes a cookstove, biodigester and toilet, is $565, and any person who raises that amount by this Friday, November 22, will be entered to win tickets to an exclusive, private Linkin Park show. So far, according to the campaign’s fundraising site, only a handful of people have managed to raise that amount so far, so odds of winning may be good for those who achieve the goal. (See related blog post: “Cookstove Smoke Is ‘Largest Environmental Threat,’ Global Health Study Finds.”)
We were in touch with Linkin Park bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell last year about Power the World’s efforts and checked in with him again recently about this latest project. Farrell answered our questions via email.
Linkin Park had kicked off Power the World two years ago, with a project to bring solar lights to Haiti. What have you seen in terms of results, and was there anything you learned in that first project that you were able to bring to other causes?
The Haiti Solar Light program has been fantastic. As a result of Power the World’s support, more than 3,000 families have clean energy products, including the solar lights. Each of these solar lights directly replaces kerosene, candles and charcoal, resulting in household savings of over $5 per month. We learned that Power the World can help on multiple levels, improving lives, livelihoods and protecting the environment.
The stated goal of Power the World, which supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative, is to bring clean energy to 1 million people. How is this goal being tracked, and can you say how many have been helped so far?
Music for Relief and the UN Foundation (UNF) are tracking the number of people impacted by our programs. For example, Power the World has raised funds for almost 100 solar suitcases (portable solar energy systems) to be installed at hospitals and health clinics in Uganda and so far the solar power is benefiting 20,000 mothers and 20,000 babies annually, and the program is still going. We’re also working with UNF to influence corporations and governments to support clean energy through our Power the World pledge, which you can find and sign here.
Power the World’s latest cause is providing clean biogas cookstoves to a village in Nepal. Why and how did this project come about?
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and we want to help in areas where we can make a big impact. We loved the program with WWF in Nepal because helps wildlife, people and the planet.
This time, Linkin Park is challenging people to run their own cookstove fundraisers, and those who raise at least $565 (the cost of one biogas system) by November 22 will be entered to win tickets to see the band play a small, private show. Have you tried this approach before, in terms of using shows as incentive to get people involved?
We have, actually. We challenged people to raise funds to earn a ticket to see us play in a small venue in Los Angeles to support Japan Earthquake Recovery. This was incredibly successful. Supporters [of our non-profit organization Music for Relief] and our fans totally exceeded our expectations and went above and beyond to help kids in Japan. We hope fans will do the same for this program. Start a fundraiser here.
What have you found, now that you have some experience in trying to get people engaged with the issue of energy poverty, works well or does not work so well? What do people need to know about why this is important?
I think the most important thing for people to know is that energy poverty is impacting people’s lives right now. Clean energy is critical to health, safety, education and livelihoods and it impacts wildlife and our planet. Get involved in clean energy solutions at powertheworld.org.
Music For Relief is responding to Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippines this past Friday. Millions of people have been affected and more than a thousand people have been killed. Donate to MFR and help them aid the people of the Philippines. Those who donate 25$ are awarded with a Music For Relief Bracelet and those who donate 100+$ will be entered to win tickets and m&g passes to Linkin Park’s secret show in Vegas.
Linkin Park’s Music For Relief has partnered up with WWF Nepal to build a biogas village in Nepal to prevent tree cutting which results in wildlife losing their habitat. Donating to MFR here and raising 565$ by November 22nd you will be entered to win two tickets to see Linkin Park at a Super Secret Show somewhere in Las Vegas in January of 2014. Official statement by WWF:
WASHINGTON, DC – Music For Relief (MFR) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched a campaign to raise necessary funds to provide an entire village in Nepal access to clean, green biogas technology on 22 October 2013.
Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, MFR is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. MFR will reward supporters who raise funds for the campaign with a chance to win tickets to see Linkin Park at a small, private performance in Las Vegas in January.
A segment of Power the World (an initiative that brings together Linkin Park, MFR and the UN Secretary-General that seeks to bring sustainable energy solutions to one million people), the “clean cookstove” campaign follows the success of other campaigns including providing solar lights in Haiti, solar suitcases in Uganda, and the SOCCKET in South America.
“We are encouraged by the efforts of Linkin Park and Music For Relief to help deliver this simple yet effective technology to the local communities in the Terai Arc Landscape,” said Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “We hope that people see the value in this campaign and be part of the solution that transforms people’s lives in Nepal.”
“It’s exciting to find a solution that helps on multiple levels,” said Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell of Linkin Park. “The clean, biogas cookstoves WWF is implementing will improve families’ health, keep women and children safer and protect the environment. We hope our supporters will join us in providing technology for those living in the Terai in Nepal.”
More than eight million people call the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal home, and many cannot afford electricity, and must rely on large quantities of wood for cooking and other needs. On average, each person in the Terai region uses up to 2,000 pounds of wood per year, resulting in massive clear cutting of trees that yields serious consequences for both people and wildlife.
Biogas offers a straightforward, cost-effective solution. Human and animal waste is processed to produce methane that burns with a bright blue flame. Constructing methane from waste protects forests and the valuable habitat for the species that live there. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions – a win-win for Nepali communities.
MFR and WWF are partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership working to create a global market for clean cooking solutions. Each organization is committed to fulfilling the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which calls for universal energy access by 2030.
Rob and Dave will be speaking at the Social Good Summit tomorrow. Their speech will revolve around LPRecharge & Power The World and will be streamed live here at 10 am PT / 1pm ET.
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Tune in to the Social Good Summit, to hear a diverse community of global leader to discuss a shared vision for the future. Rob and Phoenix from Linkin Park will speak about #LPRECHARGE and #powertheworld10 am PT /1 pm ET Monday http://ow.ly/p42ih #2030NOW#powertheworld
Linkin Park has talked to Fuse.tv about Music For Relief and its projects and SRS Haiti.
In honor of Chester’s Stevie Ray Vaughan award that he’s getting on May 30th by MusiCares for his active role in the cause I felt it was only appropriate that I made a new layout that was based on Chester’s humanitarian work. The picture I used is from Chester’s visit to Cardon Children’s Medical Center last year and his dog Bruiser who’s actually doing volunteering work at the hospital.
I also made 4 frames to promote the works of Music For Relief, Power The World, MusiCares and finally Cardon’s.
The site is not quite finished though, in the coming days there’s going to be pages with ALL the causes Chester supports or has supported throughout the years.
It’s of great importance that we help anyway we can for not only these causes but for every cause out there, either by donating or promoting and puttng the word out. This is mostly what I wanted to do with this new look.
In related news, Linkin Park’s contest to hang out in the studio and benefit MFR is still running, you can take part here.
Also, Omaze is doing more Linkin Park related contests to benefit Music For Relief, such as to Win a Linkin Park Platinum Plaque given to Mike Shinoda, Minutes to Midnight Signed Poster, Signed Revolution Unseen: Projekt Revolution Art Book and Win 2 VIP tickets to Chester’s Award Acceptance and performance at MusiCares.
Other contests benefting Music For Relief can be found here.
Win the ultimate fan experience by donating to MFR by purchasing entries to the competition. The lucky winner and a friend will fly to L.A and hang out with the band for one hour while they RECORD THEIR NEXT ALBUM. You’ll hear material the band is working on during a session for their next album. Enter by May 30th.
Music For Relief has designed a bracelet which will be sold to help benefit those impacted by hurricane Sandy. The bracelet costs 15$ and all proceeds will support Music For Relief’s effort to help those in need.
We’ve designed a bracelet to benefit families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Click here to purchase.
The bracelet features a black adjustable band with two interlocking circles engraved with “Music For Relief.” 100% of all proceeds from the bracelet will support Music For Relief’s Sandy recovery efforts by implementing long-term programs for children and children’s services and health care in the U.S. and Haiti.
Help the those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and purchase the bracelet here: http://store.musicforrelief.org/store
In other news I have updated the gallery with photos from various shows from Linkin Park’s Australian Tour which ended yesterday in Perth. Pictures from Adelaide are also up for viewing and the updated albums are as follows:
Sydney (Day 2) (68 added)
Melbourne (Day 1) (43 added)
Adelaide (12 in total)
Today on the 27th is the first annual #Giving Tuesday. This day charities organisations, individuals are kicking off the charitable giving season. You can make a donation to either Music For Relief currently helping out families hit by hurricane ‘Sandy’ or Power The World to bring clean energy to families in need.
Today is the first annual #GivingTuesday. We hope you will join us and other charities, businesses, families, and individuals to kick off the charitable giving season.
If you’re looking for other ways to give back for #GivingTuesday, here are 3 things you can do:
- Watch the POWERLESS video
- Sign the pledge for clean energy for all
- Share the POWERLESS video with friends and family today for #GivingTuesday.For #GivingTuesday, we invite you to watch our new video, POWERLESS featuring Linkin Park at powertheworld.org. The video tells the story of energy poverty, after you watch it, share it,and to make a donation to Power the World as a unique holiday gift to friends and family this season. In turn, your gift will provide clean energy solutions for people without access to electricity.
Thank you for your ongoing support.