About Music Aid
Music Aid was launched in 1998 with the support of famous friends from the worlds of music, art and film.
USA Today described Music Aid as one of the most exciting and important new developments in music and the internet and awarded www.musicaid.org Website Of The Year Award. Many famous names were involved in the organization's launch event, included legendary Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who donated his own original artworks to the event, and funds were also raised from the sale of memorabilia and personally signed guitars and album covers from Paul McCartney, John Lee Hooker, Oasis, Prince, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bono and others. This launch event (named "The Art of Music Festival") was sponsored by AOL and Tower Records and it took over an entire floor of the Whitley's Center in central London. It ran for a full week and was attended by over 100,000 people who enjoyed seven days of art exhibits and daily live music and dance shows. This event holds the record for the largest exhibition of music related art ever staged with many valuable original art works on display by Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Peter Max and many others. Funds raised at the launch event were used to directly provide schooling for poor village children in SE Asia and to establish and fund a Music Aid subsidiary called The World Music Foundation which operated for over six years as a government registered international charity working with The United Nations UNV online volunteer project and Net Aid in the areas of poverty relief and education.
Since its launch in 1998 Music Aid has worked with some of the biggest names in music worldwide. During that time it has provided resources and educational support to many thousands of musicians; provided schooling and aid to poor village children in SE Asia; it was appointed official project manager with The United Nations UNV Project and in this capacity managed hundreds of volunteer groups worldwide with United Nations and NetAid; it distributed free musical instruments through the Instrument Amnesty Project with The BBC; helped and supported thousands of people wishing to enter the music industry; it founded and launched the SCO Song Copyright Organization (SongCopyright.org) and has produced and organized the Music Aid 2006, 2007, 2009 and Music Aid 2017 International Music Awards events where over $500,000 in prizes was shared among participants. Music Aid has also promoted and supported many charities and good causes and many music benefit events (including Al Gore's Live Earth Event) and supported aid projects on three continents. Today Music Aid operates independently as a respected international organization consisting of an association of producers, promoters, musicians, bands, music business executives, songwriters, entertainment lawyers, charities, non profits, music companies, singers, sponsors, supporters, fans and others in the global music industry and media.
MORE ABOUT MUSIC AID'S HISTORY
MUSIC AID operates as an association of organizations, artists, 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 charities through music.
The inspiration for Music Aid came from meetings and discussions between rock legend Carlos Santana and producer Alan John at ROCK IN RIO II in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Both men were excited by the idea of music as a platform for change. They discussed music events and different ways of uniting and inspiring people through music during the ten days of concerts in the Maracana Stadium. Carlos Santana went on to form the Milagre Foundation in the USA and Alan set up Music Aid International in Europe and organized the launch event in London, England. This launch event took over an entire floor at the 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. The 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 provided the funding to launch The World Music Foundation, an organization that operated for six years in association with Music Aid International as an official Government Registered international charity working with the United Nations UNV online volunteer handling hundreds of projects in the areas of poverty relief, child aid and music and general education.
PROJECTS AND PARTNERS
Since its foundation in 1998 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. Since its launch 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 United Nations UNV program, the BRIT Trust, WMF Child Aid, World Music Foundation, the BBC, The Earth Lab Foundation, The Music For Relief charity, The International Song Copyright Organization (SCO) and many others. In 2006 Music Aid launched a series of annual International Music Awards to help and promote new musical talent. Participants from over thirty countries took part in these events during 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2017 thousands of votes were cast for the best performers and songwriters by supporters worldwide and over US$500,000 worth of prizes was awarded to entrants to help them in their musical careers.
THE MUSIC AID ACADEMY
The Music Aid Academy launches in 2019 as the biggest online music school and examination body. The academy will be at the websites musicaidacademy.com and musicaid.academy and it will have its own web TV channel at musicaid.tv and musicaidtv.com. The Academy draws on support from its long standing partners in the music industry and features top instructors and tutors from the international music community.