Disc Makers has announced a collaboration of artists and industry-leading companies to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The New Jersey-based company has joined forces with Sonicbids, CDBaby, Taxi and Just Plain Folks to produce a compilation CD entitled Gulf Coast Healing with a goal of raising $100,000 for the American Red Cross. The CD, sold on CDBaby (www.CDBaby.com/gulfcoast) and marketed through all five companies, will include tracks from independent artists from around the country, representing a wide range of music from rock and hip-hop to world beat and reggae. All manufacturing and mastering services, talent, recordings, materials and promotional services were donated in their entirety by the participating artists and companies. One hundred percent of the price of each CD sold will go toward disaster relief.
“By teaming up talented artists from around the country with the leading music organizations dedicated to providing artist services, we are able to help those whose lives were devastated by this disaster while at the same time bringing joy and hope through great independent music,” says Tony van Veen, executive VP of sales & marketing for Disc Makers. “Together we can do much more than we would have been able to do individually.” Sonicbids’ founder and CEO Panos Panay adds: “This effort shows the generous spirit of the independent musician, and the many passionate people that make up this industry.”
The CD includes 19 tracks, including a track by reggae legend Burning Spear, and one from indie favorites Deadman who contributed their track “New Orleans,” a tribute they recorded after the disaster struck. The Gulf Coast Healing CD is currently on sale and available online at www.CDBaby.com/gulfcoast.