Pearl Jam have helped to raise $300,000 to aid the residents of US city Flint, Michigan where lead is poisoning the water supply.
The band have donated $125,000 of their own money with the remaining $175,000 coming from LiveNation, Republic Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Glaser Progress Foundation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation and Ticketmaster.
Parl Jam have also started a crowdfuning campaign via Crowdrise, money from which will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts for Flint’s residents.
Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and long term needs of the community.
Metal band King 810, who are Flint residents themselves, have been helping on the ground to distribute cases of bottled water to local neighbourhoods.
The band released a track called “Let Me Be Alone” in September of last year that explicitly addressed the water crisis.
Say King 810: “We feel this is one of several crises happening in Flint. As most of you know, this topic has hit the mainstream news; so while the spotlight was on, we wanted to raise any kind of additional awareness we could.
“We take it upon ourselves to ride around our neighbourhoods leaving cases of water in the streets for anyone who can’t make it to donation centers.”
A state of emergency was declared in Flint last December after it was confirmed that dangerous amounts of lead were contaminating the city’s water supply. In April 2014, in an effort to save money, the city had switched from using Detroit’s water supply to pumping water from Flint River.
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