VH1 'Makes It Funky' With a Tribute To The Musical Legacy Of New Orleans
Premiering Wednesday September 14 8:00PM* VH1 Will Air The Feature Length
Documentary 'Make It Funky'
Viewers Will Have The Opportunity To Make Donations To The Victims
Of Hurricane Katrina Through MusiCares and MercyCorps
During The Premiere Of 'Make It Funky'
NEW YORK, Sept. 8 -- "Make It Funky" is a film that documents
the spirit, history, and vitality of New Orleans' people and it's musical
culture. During this critical time of need after the devastation of Hurricane
Katrina, VH1 seeks to remind the world of the true heart of New Orleans with
this unprecedented television broadcast.
Premiering Wednesday September 14 at 8:00 p.m., "Make It Funky" uncovers
the rich legacy of New Orleans' musical history. From 'Yellow Moon' to 'Let
the Good Times Roll', "Make It Funky" is a raucous tribute to the musical
heritage of the Crescent City, chock full of blazing performances, fiery
archival footage and red-hot conversations with the remarkable men and women
who created it. Featuring a world-class line-up of artists including the
Neville Brothers, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Lloyd Price, Bonnie Raitt, and
Keith Richards, who slip, slide, strut and slide their way through the spicy
gumbo of sounds that took over the world, influencing the course of popular
music for over a century.
Alleviates suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build
secure, productive, and just communities. Currently responding to Hurricane
Katrina, Mercy Corps works in some of the worlds most difficult places,
including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided
over $830 million in assistance to people in 80 nations. More than 91% of the
agency's resources are allocated to programs that directly assist those in
The Hurricane Katrina disaster has been devastating, profound and life
altering for its victims, their families, friends and the nation. This is the
time when we must come together and take care of those who need our help.
Therefore, The Recording Academy, the nonprofit organization that is the voice
of thousands of music makers nationwide, along with its MusiCares Foundation,
which provides a safety net of critical services for music people in crisis,
is committing an initial donation of $1 million for music people affected by
The MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund has been set up so these people in
crisis can get help. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as
shelter, food, utilities, transportation; medical expenses including doctor,
dentist and hospital bills, medications; clothing; instrument and recording
equipment replacement; relocation costs; school supplies for students;
insurance payments and more.
Along with this donation, each of The Academy's 12 regional Chapters will
designate local programming that will continue the fundraising efforts to help
the thousands of music people whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted
by these tragic events. The Recording Academy, The Latin Recording Academy,
MusiCares Foundation and the GRAMMY Foundation also have created a matching
fund with their employees to help ensure that music continues to be the thread
that brings people together and helps us all heal. We encourage the industry
and the world to help in any way they can.
*all times ET/PT
Viewers can go to VH1.com: Viewers can log onto
http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/react_now/series.jhtml for more information on
how to make donations to MercyCorps (http://www.mercycorps.org) and MusiCares
and other hurricane relief organizations.
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them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and
public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in
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