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30 Years

Neil Young—MusiCares Person of the Year

MusiCares is the charitable arm of the Grammys organization, providing critical assistance for music people in times of need. The services they provide cover personal, musical, and financial crises, and they also work to focus the music industry on other human service issues.

On January 29, MusiCares has their annual charity event honoring the Person of the Year, in 2010 that’s Neil Young. Young’s “Heart of Gold” and philanthropy have been admired by the recording industry for many years. He was one of the founding fathers of Farm Aid and also does annual benefit concerts for a school he and wife Pegi sponsor that caters to children with severe speech and physical impairments.

The evening’s tribute concert boasts an all-star lineup with performances by Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Jack Black, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Sheryl Crow, Everest, Patty Griffin, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Elton John, Norah Jones, Lady Antebellum, k.d. lang, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Ozomatli, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leon Russell, James Taylor, and Wilco.

Proceeds from the annual GRAMMY Week gala dinner and concert honoring Young will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn to in times of financial, medical and personal need.

Give Big or Go Home

This kind of surprised me. The celebrity auction site Charity Folks has tallied  the top celebrities earning funds for charitable organizations in 2009, and the winner is The Grateful Dead. I would have thought that after Jerry was gone, even though the band still does gigs, some of the passion of Deadheads might’ve waned. I also presumed, wrongly I now see, that the Deadheads might’ve spent more of their funds on organic items rather than charitable donations. The Dead has several charities they have supported over the years, and in 2009 they partnered with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Second place earners were The Jonas Brothers and their work with their own organization, the Change for the Children Foundation.

Other celebs on the top of the giving/earning for charity list included: Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews, Bette Midler, Larry David, Alec Baldwin, and Bruce Springsteen.

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