Music Aid TV will launch in 2018. In the meantime here is a short history of Music Aid.

MUSIC AID is an association of organizations, companies, individuals and music industry bodies that have come together to provide opportunities and resources for musicians and songwriters and to promote and support good causes and selected charities through music.

Music Aid was founded in 1998 and launched with the support of many well known names from the worlds of music, art and film including Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, the artist Rolf Harris and Sliding Doors film director and actor Peter Howitt. USA Today described the new organization as one of the most exciting new developments in music and awarded Music Aid an its outstanding website award for that year.

The inspiration for the Music Aid came from meetings between US rock legend Carlos Santana and the british producer Alan John, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both men were excited by the idea of using music as a platform for change and they discussed various possibilities of uniting and inspiring people through music in between shows at Rock In Rio. On their return from Brazil Carlos set up his Milagre Foundation in California and Alan went on to organise the Music Aid launch event in London, England. This event took over an entire floor at the huge Whitley’s center in central London and was attended by over 100,000 people who enjoyed seven days of art exhibits, live music and dance. This event still holds the record for the largest exhibition of music related art ever staged and included works by Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Peter Max and others as well as artifacts, signed guitars and album covers from many famous names including Paul McCartney, John Lee Hooker, Oasis and Bono.

The funds raised at the launch were used to provide schooling for children in SE Asia and also provided funding to launch the World Music Foundation which operated for six years with Music Aid as a government registered international charity working with the United Nations UNV online volunteer project in the areas of poverty relief and music education.

PROJECTS AND PARTNERS

Since its foundation Music Aid has worked with some of the biggest names in music and it has been an important non profit presence working with many international bodies including the United Nations UNV Program. During these years it has provided resources and educational opportunities for musicians worldwide, provided schooling and educational support for children in developing countries, helped and supported thousands of people wishing to enter the music industry, distributed free musical instruments, promoted and supported many music benefit events and CDs and helped to fund and administer worthwhile projects on three continents.

Music Aid has worked on many projects with a wide range of partners including the World Music Foundation, the BBC, the United Nations UNV program, the BRIT Trust, WMF Child Aid, The Earth Lab Foundation, Linkin’ Parks Music For Relief charity, The International Song Copyright Organization (SCO) and many others. In 2006 Music Aid launched its own International Music Awards to help and promote new musical talent. Participants from over thirty countries took part in these events during  2006, 2007 and 2009 with tens of thousands of votes cast by the public for the best performers and songwriters and over $500,000 worth of educational prizes awarded.

Music Aid 2017 – The Music Aid International Song Contest – supports good causes and provides a unique and exciting global platform to showcase and discover new musical talent with up to $100,000 in cash awards.

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