Pearl Jam Donate $300,000 to Flint During Water Crisis
Pearl Jam are determined to help clean up the mess in Flint, Mich. and they've rounded up $300,000 to help citizens there who have been exposed to toxic levels of lead from corrosive drinking water.
The band pledged to donate $125,000 to the United Way of Genesee County and "a close group of the band's friends and partners" have donated an additional $175,000. That group includes Live Nation, Republic Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, the Glaser Progress Foundation and Brandi Carlile's Looking Out Foundation and even Ticketmaster.
Pearl Jam also set up a fundraising campaign on Crowdrise and are asking fans to donate. So far, they've contributed more than $25,000.
A statement on Pearl Jam’s website reads: “Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.”
The Flint water crisis came to the public's attention earlier this month when Michigan’s governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to distribute bottled water to citizens who haven't had clean water in years. Last week, President Obama declared the crisis a federal state of emergency.
Jack White's Third Man Records is also raising money with a campaign on Crowdrise with every $13 donation entering you for a chance to become a Third Man Platinum Vault Subscriber for five years. Platinum members receive exclusive records and merchandise, live chats with White and more perks. The label is also accepting donations at its new Detroit store for a chance to win their limited edition Hateful Eight soundtrack box set.