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Dark Was The Night emergency grant sent to Haiti

on January 19, 2010, 10:05am

The indie music community continues to lend its hand to Haiti. The latest example comes in the form of The Red Hot Organization, the charity behind last year’s Dark Was The Night, which has sent an emergency grant of $150,000 to Partners in Health to support the ongoing relief effort in Haiti. Much of the money for this donation was taken from proceeds of the compilation album, which was produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and released on 4AD Records last year.

While Dark Was The Night‘s profits were originally to go to combating HIV/AIDS in the world’s poorest nations, the concept expanded to include organizations throughout the West that were in danger of collapsing due to the recession and downturn of donations. Now the effort has expanded to include relief for the disaster in Hiati.

“Although disaster relief falls outside the usual scope of our charitable work, I felt that we were fortunate to have the mechanism and resources to offer immediate assistance to the people of Haiti,” explaed Red Hot founder and President John Carlin.

Aaron Dressner added, “We were deeply saddened to read of the horrific devastation brought about by the recent earthquake in Haiti. We are thankfully in a position to accelerate an emergency donation from Dark Was The Night proceeds to Partners In Health, a leading Haitian health-care organization that Arcade Fire has supported for years. We hope that you will all considering donating what you can via the Partners In Health website, to help their efforts to save lives and alleviate suffering. It’s a race against time and PIH needs all the help they can get.”

In addition to the funds their already given, the Red Hot Organization will donate all proceeds made from Dark Was The Night over the next 60 days to Partners in Health. So if you don’t own the album already, it’d be a great way to help out the relief effort in Haiti.

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