Music Rising, the charitable organization founded by U2’s The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, is turning its attention to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The organization’s initial action, announced yesterday (Jan. 8), is to donate $250,000 toward helping restore school music programs across areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut impacted by the storm. Founded in 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Music Rising provided musical instruments to students and musicians in the Gulf region following that storm’s devastating impact.
Music Rising’s work since then has included assisting the Nashville Symphony following the Tennessee floods of 2010, and collaborating with Tulane University to develop a curriculum that provides a permanent, comprehensive and definitive study of the musical heritage of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. The Music Rising program is administered by the Gibson Foundation.