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Music Rising Launches New Site And Shirts For Disaster Relief

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Music Rising Shirts

Music Rising has launched an updated website, MusicRising.com, and fundraising initiative to help schools in the United States and U.S. territories replace instruments lost due to devastating fires and hurricanes over the past few months. New, limited-edition shirts with the Music Rising logo originally designed by The Edge and William Cathcart are now available in Music Rising’s online shop. The tagline under the trademark wings now states “Instruments for Disaster Relief” for the new campaign. All funds raised by the shirts will support Music Rising.

Music Rising began in 2005 when Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar’s Henry Juszkiewicz joined together to help people in the Gulf Coast who lost their instruments after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Music Rising has helped nearly 3,000 people and raised over $5 million, helping school programs across the country affected by natural disasters.

The Edge said, “Music is such a great communicator. It breaks down linguistic barriers, cultural barriers, it basically reaches out. That’s what virtuosity is all about.”

T-Shirt Giveaway!

As a thank you to U2 fans who have supported Music Rising over the years, Music Rising has generously donated five of the new limited-edition shirts to @U2 to give away to fans. From now until Feb. 14, email webmaster (at) atu2 (dot) com with the subject line “Music Rising Shirt Giveaway” with your name, mailing address and shirt size. We’ll randomly select two winners on Feb. 15. We’ll also randomly give shirts away via Twitter and Facebook feed (watch our social accounts for info during the giveaway period), as well as our upcoming @U2 Podcast.

If buying T-shirts isn’t your thing, you can also make a tax-deductible donation to Music Rising, with 100 percent of that donation going straight to their efforts. (Not to mention, it also makes for a great Valentine’s Day gift in honor of the favorite guitarist in your life!)