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A note from One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Many More
It is 30 years almost to the date when the great musicians and stars of the '80's gathered to record Do They Know It's Christmas on behalf of the starving in Africa. This year it will be for those dying of an untreatable virus, Ebola. Again in Africa. Both starvation and disease are the consequence of Poverty.
On Nov 15, 2014, you could take part in what is in a long line of the greatest artists in the history of rock 'n roll ever assembled. If you make a contribution to Band Aid to help those that are dying in the masses from ebola, you will be entered into a raffle to win the trip of a lifetime to London to join an incredible lineup in the studio and witness the 30th anniversary recording of Do They Know It's Christmas. Expected artists are likely to include Bastille, Bono, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Foals, Fuse ODG, Jessie Ware, Jimmy Napes, Olly Murs, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Rita Ora, Roger Taylor, Sam Smith, Sinead O’Connor and Underworld! You'll meet the artists, and if you like, you can record a line so you can experience the recording process from the artist's side as well.
You will be provided with round-trip airfare from anywhere in the world and hotel accommodations, and you will spend the day with all of us in the studio.
That is something to be proud of for sure but you would be as justified in being proud of what you are going to achieve by participating in Band Aid 30. Please contribute what you can.
Pop may be a small little art form but look how powerful it can be. Thanks for joining us.
About The Band Aid Trust
The Band Aid Trust was set up in 1984 to administer funds to be raised by the recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas" the iconic song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The original hope was to raise £250,000 to help with the famine of biblical proportions in Ethiopia.
The record sold 6 million copies and then led to Art Aid, Fashion Aid, Sport Aid, School Aid, French School Aid and Live Aid, "seventeen hours of live music watched by more people than any other event in history," Live 8 and the successful outcome of the G8 summit.
Now, Band Aid 30 will be a recording to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original recording. The new recording aims to bring focus, awareness and some finance to the efforts to contain Ebola. The new recording will largely be compromised of the new generation of artists who literally weren't born when the 1984 recording was made!
Over the 30 years the aim has been to raise finance and awareness, to leverage governments and in particular the members of the G8 to step up to their responsibilities.
$230 million dollars has been raised and spent with no employees and very low expenses - with of course no remuneration for the trustees. The focus for expenditure has been mainly (but not exclusively) 7 countries in Africa: Eritrea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Niger and Sudan—5 of these are now amongst the fastest growing economies in the world.