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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer Concerts: New Ways of Giving Back

With summer in full swing, what is a better way to enjoy it than with some live music. This year you can enjoy the summer line up and also give back. Along with charity concerts, some organizations have come up with some innovative ways for concert goers to give back through volunteerism and donations.

FreeFest, hosted by Virgin Mobile, has set aside over 3,000 tickets and is giving them to fans who have volunteered time helping the homeless. Thirteen hours of service at select homeless organizations gets a VIP pass; eight hours earns general admission. And those who already have tickets are being asked to donate $5. Blink 182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Jet, Public Enemy, to name a few, are some of the artists expected to perform.

If you can’t make the concert but want to volunteer, take a look at our Guide to Volunteering for tips and information. Also, take a look at this list of highly rated charities that serve the homeless.

Another innovative organizations coupling charitable giving and concerts is Tickets-for-Charity. Tickets-for-Charity works directly with artists, management, venues and promoters to make high-demand live event seats available at face value plus a separate donation directed to partner charities. They currently partner with more than 30 highly-respected charities nationwide including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CARE, Feeding America, and United Way of America.

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