Nov. 14, 2006 – A Celtic band from California is donating all proceeds from online sales of its latest single generated through a special endeavor on Myspace.com to a veterans organization. One of the U.S. Celtic music scene's rising acts, Culann's Hounds, has earmarked proceeds from their track titled "The Blackthorn Tavern" to the National Veterans Foundation.
Band member Steve Gardner said he and bandmate Michael Kelleher think it's the least they can do.
"Beyond politics, Michael and I both believe strongly that American citizens who fight in the name of their country deserve the thanks and support of the people they defend," Gardner said. "Both our fathers served in the U.S. Army. We think the services the NVF provides are incredibly important, and we feel honored to be able to give something, most especially our heartfelt thanks, to American war veterans."
"The NVF is proud not only of its two decades of service to veterans and families in need, but of the willingness of so many musical artists, beginning with the Doobie Brothers Band in 1987, to join with us in serving for those who bear the true cost of freedom," said Shad Meshad, NVF president and founder. "Through their extraordinary efforts, Culann's Hounds and The Royalties Group will raise much-needed awareness and resources to support a proven support resource - our toll-free national crisis hotline - at a time when it is needed most."
The Royalties Group on Myspace.com has more than 2,200 members and is the creation of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Elizabeth Pendleton. "Music can be part of the solution," said Pendleton. "The Royalties Group exclusively hosts artists who give a portion of their royalties to support a philanthropic cause."
She said the musicians select the recipient, and one of their songs is included on the site's "Stream of Light" playlist. Fans are able to listen to that song, hear an interview with the artist and chat with like-minded members, free of charge. If they like the music and want to purchase it, The Royalties Group links them directly to sites such as iTunes, Mperia and Amazon, and a percentage of the cost is dedicated to the artists' chosen cause.
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