On Friday night, MTV will take on one of the largest and most meaningful undertakings in its history, but the size of this star-studded undertaking is nowhere near the scope of the desperate need for help in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Hopefully Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief, produced by Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with Viacom's MTV Networks and George Clooney, will reach enough people and inspire enough donations to create substantial aid and relief for the survivors of a nation whose crisis cannot be ignored.
Here's what you need to know about Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief.
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT on MTV and all MTV networks with no commercial interruptions. The event will also be streaming live on MTV.com.
More than one hundred celebrities including Madonna, President Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Pattinson, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, John Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, and Muhammad Ali will participate in the benefit.
Performances include Beyoncé in London, Madonna in New York City, and Haitian artist Emeline Michel in Los Angeles. Additional performers include Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles, and Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay?Z, and Rihanna in London.
Hope for Haiti Now will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.
Though the televised event airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT on MTV and all MTV networks, Hope for Haiti Now will begin accepting donations at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT on Friday, January 22 via the following methods:
• Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org
• Phone: 877?99?HAITI
• Text: Text “GIVE” to 50555
• Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T?700, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Musical performances from Hope for Haiti Now will be available for purchase and download at the iTunes® Store. On Friday, January 22, iTunes customers can pre?order the Hope for Haiti Now full performance album and the full two?hour video telecast. 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. Hope for Haiti Now performances will also be available on AmazonMP3 and Rhapsody, with proceeds from those purchases going to Haiti relief funds managed by Hope for Haiti Now charities.
In addition to MTV, Hope for Haiti will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, VH1, 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 YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV. Hope for Haiti Now will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International?.
Please tune in, and please give. And find out what else you can do to help Haiti at think.mtv.com.