More than 130 of Hollywood's biggest stars will rally Friday (January 22) for MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon, airing across numerous networks, including MTV, at 8 p.m. ET.
Organizer George Clooney told MTV News on Thursday that the ultimate goal of the telethon is to raise money. "That's it ... just first and foremost that we can raise a lot of money," he said. "If I thought that we could all pick up shovels and go in there and not be in the way, I think a lot of people would do that."
There are many ways viewers can contribute to the telethon. Donations can be made online at HopeForHaitiNow.org, over the phone by calling (877) 99-HAITI, by texting the word "GIVE" to 50555 or by mail addressed to Hope for Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th St., Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA, 90017.
Music performances from "Hope for Haiti Now" will be available for purchase and download at the iTunes Store. Starting Friday, iTunes customers can exclusively pre-order the "Hope for Haiti Now" full-performance album ($7.99) and the two-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities.
Clooney said the opportunity to purchase music after the telethon will help increase the longevity of the event. "We're gonna have 18 songs, and you're gonna get to hear Jennifer Hudson sing a song you never heard her sing before," he said. "John Legend is singing 'Motherless Child'; it's just great. We're gonna have some amazing performances, and I think that's gonna make it last a little longer than just a telethon."
"Hope for Haiti Now" will air across MTV, VH1, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Español, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. The event will be live-streamed online globally across sites including MTV.com, VH1.com, YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo!, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com and Rhapsody, and on mobile phones via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV. "Hope for Haiti Now" will also air internationally on MTV Networks International, BET International, CNN International and National Geographic, which adds up to 640 million homes worldwide. "Hope for Haiti Now" will be available to all terrestrial radio stations around the globe and SIRIUS XM Radio as a one-time-only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.
"Hope for Haiti Now" is produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom's MTV Networks and George Clooney.
Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET, and visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI to make a donation now.