World’s First Ever Emergency Music Network Launched by ActionAid

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Young Academic can reveal that ActionAid is calling on all students in the United Kingdom with a passion for music to get involved with ActionAid Live. In exciting education news, the charity is launching an unprecedented emergency music network featuring such bands as Everything Everything and Chapel Club.

The anti-poverty charity launched the scheme today backed by the aforementioned music stars as well as The Wombats, Cancer Bats and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. ActionAid Live is a nationwide network of bands, musicians, promoters and venues primed to spring to action and raise funds the next time a humanitarian emergency strikes in one of the world’s most vulnerable areas.

Radio 1 DJ and ActionAid ambassador Huw Stephens said of ActionAid Live: ‘When an emergency strikes – whether it’s an earthquake, flood or tsunami – we all want to do what we can to help. ActionAid Live brings together music fans, bands and promoters in a united effort to save lives both in those vital first few days following a disaster and in the long term .

I’ve seen the amazing work ActionAid does for myself, and they’re one of the most inspiring charities out there – by raising money for them in an emergency, the money you raise will make the biggest difference possible.”

Students in bands or with a passion for music can now sign up to ActionAid Live at www.actionaid.org.uk/live to support the humanitarian response during the next big emergency by putting on a fundraising gig or donating money from an existing show they’re already involved with to raise money and save lives.

Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy, singer of The Wombats, said: “When an emergency hits, as a band we always wonder what we can do to help the thousands of lives affected. We’re proud to now be part of ActionAid Live, where we can use our music to be part of the international disaster response! If you’re in a band or fancy trying your hand at putting on a show, if you raise even £50 it would be enough to feed an entire family for a fortnight! Every single pound counts in those vital first days after a disaster and you could be making a huge difference to those who most need it.’

Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard said: ‘We’d like you to put your hands up and take action next time there’s a global emergency. If you attend an ActionAid Live gig or put one on yourself, you’ll be raising money to help ActionAid save lives in some of the poorest parts of the world. £50 will feed and entire family for a fortnight, and £100 could shelter two families. We’re doing our bit to support ActionAid Live and we want you to do the same.’

The next time an emergency strikes, the bands involved will be getting involved to raise money for ActionAid’s response, while Huw Stephens will be spreading the word to up-and-coming new talent and student bands and DJs around the country to do their bit.

ActionAid Live launches as part of the charity’s wider emergency fundraising network, called the Global Emergencies Team. This is a way for every student, whether they’re in a band or not – to get involved in an emergency response: hundreds of people around the country all set to fundraise, whether in their workplace or local community. To find out more about the wider emergency network, visit www.actionaid.org.uk/team

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