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Lady Gaga's mom defends charges that Born This Way charity spent millions on overhead and donated only $5,000

Cynthia Germanotta has gone on the record about reports that daughter Lady Gaga’s foundation has spent millions on expenses like its website and publicity instead of charity grants, insisting that the Born This Way Foundation “carries out its work directly.”

“It is important for us to set the record straight regarding Born This Way Foundation’s mission and how the organization allocates its funds. … First and foremost, we are an organization that conducts our charitable activity directly, and we fund our own work,” wrote foundation co-founder and president Germanotta in an op-ed published March 12 by the Huffington Post. “We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities, and were never intended to be.”

The defensive op-ed comes just days after ShowBiz411.com wrote a scathing article about the foundation’s spending, revealing that the foundation spent just $5,000 of its $2.1 million in net assets. READ FULL STORY

Daft Punk, Elton John, The Clash, and other join Tony Hawk and Ben Harper for second 'Boards + Bands' charity auction

Last year, Tony Hawk launched the first Boards + Bands auction, which raised over $126,000 to build skate parks for at-risk youth by auctioning off custom skateboard decks featuring hand-written lyrics from famous artists — and this year, the participants include Daft Punk, Ben Harper, members of the Clash, Elton John, and John Lydon.

The idea is that Hawk’s friends donated decks they actually rode. Then Hawk sent those boards to some of his rock star friends, who wrote lyrics to their skateboarder-approved tunes on the decks. “Last Year’s Boards + Bands auction surpassed all expectations,” Hawk said in a statement. “This year we have equal caliber of skaters and musicians contributing, so I am looking forward to seeing the excitement (and high bidding) they bring.”

The auction kicks off tomorrow, December 5, at the auction’s official site. You can take a look at the wares available online, or if you’re in Los Angeles, check out the decks at the Grammy Museum. You can also donate to Hawk’s cause even if you don’t want to buy a custom Elton John skateboard.

Check out the highlights from last year’s auction below.

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Jack White's label trades records for Thanksgiving turkey donations

Jack White’s record label, Third Man Records, is giving back to fans who give back to their community this Thanksgiving. Anyone who brings a turkey or $25 in canned goods and winter clothes to the label’s Nashville offices will receive a 7-inch Third Man record of their choice.

“This time of year it’s always important to remember those in less fortunate situations than ourselves, and Third Man is no exception,” a post on the label’s website reads. “For many reasons we absolutely love our neighborhood. From day one, everyone in our corner of Nashville has been extremely welcoming and hospitable to us, as well as tolerant of our many crazy schemes, long lines, late night shows, weekend block orientated functions, etcetera etcetera…”
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Katy Perry announces L.A. charity show with Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding and more

You’re gonna hear her roar — if you live within mic-amplification distance of the Hollywood Bowl, at least.

According to CBS’s radio.com, Katy Perry will headline a charity concert at the famed L.A. venue with a handpicked roster of female stars including Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara and Kacey Musgraves.

“These are all very powerful women that I really respect and look up to,”  Perry told Carson Daly this morning on 97.1 AMP, ”and I wanted them to come together to promote this supportive message and have a  fantastic night full of great music. There’s so many great acts in this lineup. And I get to play a lot of songs off the record that will have come out the night before.”

Tickets for the Oct. 23 show, which will benefit the breast-cancer focused Young Survival Coalition, will  on Wednesday, Oct. 23, go on sale this Friday at 10am PST through Ticketmaster (or 10am on Sept. 24 through sponsor Citi, if you’re a card member).

Neil Diamond records charity song for Boston

Neil Diamond visited Boston in the days following the marathon bombings and left convinced he should do something to help.

“I was moved by the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston,” Diamond said. “And that’s really all a songwriter needs, is to be inspired. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does you have to follow that muse and I did.”

The result is “Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” a new patriotically themed song Diamond will release through iTunes and Amazon on July 2. All proceeds from the song will go to benefit the Boston One Fund and the Wounded Warriors Project.

Diamond watched coverage of the April 15 bombings unfold from afar, then visited the city the following Saturday. The Red Sox, the city’s Major League Baseball franchise, adopted the 72-year-old singer’s hit “Sweet Caroline” as an eighth-inning anthem some time ago and had invited him to perform it live.
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Musicians without health care: Ailing members of School of Seven Bells and the Replacements shine a spotlight on needy artists

About a month ago, Benjamin Curtis (above)—half of acclaimed New York indie-pop duo School of Seven Bells and formerly of Texas rockers Secret Machines—was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that attacks the immune system.

The silver lining is that Curtis’ particular affliction is treatable. However, like many cancer treatments, it’s prohibitively expensive, especially for an indie musician without health insurance. That’s why his School of Seven Bells bandmate Alley Deheza has launched Support Benjamin Curtis, a website that will take donations to help pay for Curtis’ treatment.

“These next few months will be tough, but [Curtis] is the toughest person I know (even while here, he was trying to figure out a way to sample the MRI),” Deheza wrote on the site. “I wanted to share this with you all, because you guys are such a huge and important part of our lives. Send all of the light and love that you can his way. Every bit will count towards a strong and fast recovery.”

Health care is a burden for everybody, and it hits musicians particularly hard. READ FULL STORY

One Direction release self-shot video for 'One Way Or Another': Watch it here

Fresh off their victory at the Brit Awards, British teen sensations One Direction have dropped a new video for their charity single “One Way Or Another,” a cover of the classic Blondie tune.

The track was released to support Comic Relief, a British charity that supports a number of causes in Africa and the U.K. As explained by the boys at the beginning of the clip, they decided to skip shooting a lavish video and instead record one themselves while on tour (with the money they saved also going to charity).

If you like the idea of One Direction but haven’t quite committed to them because they don’t do enough frolicking in airports, freestyle dancing in Times Square, hugging the Prime Minister, or leading an army of children in some sort of chicken dance, then you should reconsider — check out the video below:

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Jon Stewart will host Bruce Springsteen tribute featuring Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Faith Hill, more

You know who’s great? Bruce Springsteen. You know who thinks so? Just about everybody — including MusiCares.

The charity, which helps out musicians with financial and medical assistance during times of need, has named the Boss their 2013 Person of the Year, and on Friday, February 8 (just two days before the Grammy Awards), Jon Stewart will host a tribute gala to Springsteen, his music, and his extensive charity work.

The lineup is an eclectic mix of Springsteen’s peers, collaborators, famous fans, and spiritual protégés, including Elton John, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, Faith Hill, John Legend, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Sting, Jim James, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Harper, Tom Morello, Tim McGraw, Patti Smith, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. The event, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is already sold out.

Springsteen is well deserving of the award, as he has committed himself to giving back to a number of worthy groups over the course of his long career. His most recent work came as part of outreach in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which badly battered the coastline of Springsteen’s home state of New Jersey.

Stewart, famously, is a longtime Springsteen fan and fellow New Jersey denizen; it’s not even the first time Stewart has formally paid tribute to Springsteen, as he spoke on Bruce’s behalf at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009, and interviewed him for a lengthy Rolling Stone cover story last March. READ FULL STORY

Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, No Doubt come together for EB charity auction

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Want to help out a good cause and score some cool rock and roll swag? Then you should check out the auction currently being held to raise funds for Heal EB, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the rare skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa, a painful, often debilitating and even life-threatening disease that causes severe blistering with only the most minor contact.

Jill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, is on the board of Heal EB, and she helped bring together a pretty cool collection items available for bid (most of which expire later today). Included in the collection are a ukulele signed by Vedder, an official Foo Fighters motorcycle jacket, an autographed No Doubt poster, and a collection of Heart memorabilia.

The full list of auction items is here. There was also a live auction last week, and Vedder showed up as a special guest to play some songs and meet some kids afflicted with EB. (Vedder has been everywhere lately, having played Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concert last weekend, dropped in on Kings of Leon for a jam earlier in the month, and also found time to raise $1.7 million for the Obama campaign along the way.

If you’re a sports fan, there’s also a healthy collection of those items up for grabs too, including jerseys signed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and baseballs signed by the likes of Bob Gibson, Andre Dawson, Roberto Alomar, Gaylord Perry, Lou Brock, and A.J. Burnett. And for the foot fetishists in the building, Gisele Bundchen also signed a pair of heels she wore at the Met Ball.

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Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti charity is kaput, went out in a blaze of impropriety

In the wake of the massive earthquake that tore an already-troubled Haiti apart in 2010, Wyclef Jean—one of the island’s most successful sons—sprang into action to assist via his Yele Haiti charity.

But what we learned later was that the charity was run disastrously, and was the subject of a huge investigation regarding misuse of donated funds.

According to The New York Times, Yele Haiti essentially (and quietly) shut down last month, leaving a parade of upset creditors and angry would-be recipients in its wake.

The numbers reveal some pretty scathing stuff. Yele Haiti collected over $16 million in donations following the series of earthquakes the decimated the island’s capital city of Port-Au-Prince and ripped much of its already-tenuous infrastructure to shreds.

But the money rarely made it into the hands of those who needed it, instead going to salaries, travel, consultants fees, and eventually to the team dealing with the group’s building legal troubles.

It was merely the latest in a string of problematic economic decisions for the foundation. READ FULL STORY

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