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thejumpingflea
03-14-2011, 08:53 AM
Hey guys,

As you all must know, Japan has been hit by some absolutely terrible disasters recently. First the 9.0 earthquake, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, tsunamis, and now the increased threat of radiation pollution from power plants being unable to perform properly. It's times like these that put life into perspective, and is certainly at time when we as human beings need to help those affected anyway we can.

For any members here on UU who have been affected by the crisis, you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.


I had an idea, and I am not sure if it will work, so I wanted to get some of your thoughts on it.

What if we had an ukulele concert that was streamed live online? We would have performers from here on UU all over the world play a few songs each. Maybe we could do it like a PBS program, with a main 'hub' so to speak to introduce the performers and give updates of money raised as the show goes on.

What do you guys think? Is anybody interested in helping out with something like this? Does anybody have any experience doing these sort of things?

hoosierhiver
03-14-2011, 09:04 AM
Hey guys,

As you all must know, Japan has been hit by some absolutely terrible disasters recently. First the 9.0 earthquake, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, tsunamis, and now the increased threat of radiation pollution from power plants being unable to perform properly. It's times like these that put life into perspective, and is certainly at time when we as human beings need to help those affected anyway we can.

For any members here on UU who have been affected by the crisis, you guys are in my thoughts and prayers.


I had an idea, and I am not sure if it will work, so I wanted to get some of your thoughts on it.

What if we had an ukulele concert that was streamed live online? We would have performers from here on UU all over the world play a few songs each. Maybe we could do it like a PBS program, with a main 'hub' so to speak to introduce the performers and give updates of money raised as the show goes on.

What do you guys think? Is anybody interested in helping out with something like this? Does anybody have any experience doing these sort of things?

Great idea Matt.

joeybug
03-14-2011, 09:48 AM
I think it's a great idea!

bazmaz
03-14-2011, 10:01 AM
Superb idea - need to think how you link it to money raising?

Shin
03-14-2011, 11:03 AM
Thanks for great idea.
Your support and prayer are surely conveyed to Japan. And we stand up again.

CoLmes
03-14-2011, 11:32 AM
I think it's an awesome idea Matt. MAybe talk to Ryan or AG about it, maybe they could help host or something.. I'm sure you could kind of set it up like the open mics they've had here before.

Ukulele Jim
03-14-2011, 11:34 AM
I'm in!

I was also thinking that maybe some sort of a relief effort CD would be nice to put together. I'm not the guy to assemble it, but I would love to contribute.

GreatGazukes
03-14-2011, 11:51 AM
An international ukulele busking day to help raise donations??? The spring equinox would have been a cool date to have but probably too close now to organise.

Uncle Leroy
03-14-2011, 12:08 PM
I would do anything I could to support something like this.

Ukulele Dude
03-14-2011, 12:28 PM
Great idea Matt. I'm not an expert on this stuff, but it might be helpful to partner with a 501c3 (non profit organization) so that people can get a tax deduction for giving money. That might help maximize the amount we could come up with.

greenway
03-14-2011, 12:30 PM
I think it's a nice initiative.
Unfortunately I won't be of much help seeing people wouldn't pay to see or hear me play :D

Uke Republic
03-14-2011, 12:30 PM
Awesome idea! 5 min here and there from the international ukulele community to pull together the raise support for all the losses over there. Just the good will alone would be wonderful but to help people financially when they lost it all is wonderful too.

OldePhart
03-14-2011, 12:51 PM
I think it's a nice initiative.
Unfortunately I won't be of much help seeing people wouldn't pay to see or hear me play :D

I was thinking the same thing (about myself, not you). Maybe those of us in the less skilled, voice like a rock crusher camp can flip things around - camp outside popular venues and "reverse busk" - put up big signs that say, "I'll stop playing for three minutes for every dollar you donate to the tsunami victims."

On a more serious note, I expect that the Red Cross and other international agencies will be setting up special funds for tsunami victims if they haven't already so. Coordinating local efforts through such an orgainization's fund might be one option. Sadly, you have to be pretty careful these days. It's gotten so con artists mobilize faster after disasters than the real relief organizations do.

John

Ronnie Aloha
03-14-2011, 01:18 PM
Matt,

You might contact Alan at KoAloha. He has ties to numerous non-profits and has connections with the Japanese community too. He might be able to help set up something through one of the non-profits and perhaps line up some additional performers to go along with the everyone else.

geetee
03-14-2011, 02:29 PM
This show was streamed live last night, but as far as I know donations were only solicited locally.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB9PwFaCkQY

mm stan
03-14-2011, 02:41 PM
Aloha Matt,
You have a big heart and thank you for giving back..it's a wonderful idea....I applaud youn man.....Happy Strummings and Good Luck!! MM Stan

Ukulele Jim
03-14-2011, 04:44 PM
I'm serious, I think it would be a good thing to put together a CD to benefit Japan. We managed the Duchenne CD, I think we could do this too. No?

pdxuke
03-14-2011, 05:14 PM
You could get the really famous performers to raise money in a telethon type setting.

But those of us who are mere mortals could raise money ourselves: find ten people to sponsor you for $5, and then record a song on youtube. These people could sponsor you by simply writing a check to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund. That way, no tax implications. We set up a website or use a thread here to attach our youtube videos.

If 100 members here got ten $5 checks, we'd raise $5000. Think of what we could do if we got 10 people to pledge ten dollar checks. We could also report our check totals, and list it here on a big board.

We could start this in ten minutes. Start a thread, get some Red Cross Checks from friends, neighbors and family, record a song, post it, and send the checks to the Red Cross.

Aquila
03-14-2011, 09:06 PM
We should do Somewere Over The Rainbow . Like we did for Captain Google .

spookefoote
03-15-2011, 07:37 AM
I'd get mine and farmerboy's uke orchestra to do a tune

ItsMrPitchy
03-15-2011, 07:46 AM
Ithink its a great idea and i would love to contribute in any way i can.

hoosierhiver
03-15-2011, 08:13 AM
Anyone know if Kiwaya Uke Co. suffered any damage?
I think Anuenue and Bugsear are over there too.
Maybe we could collaborate/coordinate with them for some type of relief effort.

Aquila
03-17-2011, 07:59 PM
Anyone know if Kiwaya Uke Co. suffered any damage?
I think Anuenue and Bugsear are over there too.
Maybe we could collaborate/coordinate with them for some type of relief effort.

Thats a great idea .

Ronnie Aloha
03-17-2011, 09:03 PM
Maybe there could be a UU t-shirt with a uke player holding his uke over his head on the beach while looking towards the horizon where there is a rising sun. All proceeds to benefit Japan relief.

hoosierhiver
03-18-2011, 04:30 AM
Maybe there could be a UU t-shirt with a uke player holding his uke over his head on the beach while looking towards the horizon where there is a rising sun. All proceeds to benefit Japan relief.

A UU benefit shirt is a great idea. Maybe with a little japanese style anime.

Plainsong
03-18-2011, 05:04 AM
Maybe there could be a UU t-shirt with a uke player holding his uke over his head on the beach while looking towards the horizon where there is a rising sun. All proceeds to benefit Japan relief.

That sounds like an idea! For contacts and ideas and general moral support, Alan would not be the wrong person to contact, that's for sure!

Dougf
03-18-2011, 06:15 AM
Maybe somebody with some real chops (like Matt) could make a video asking people to donate to the Red Cross or other disaster relief agency, and other people (perhaps those with lesser chops) could post video responses in support. Or maybe a play list could be assembled for the same purpose. Keonepax's "He ain't heavy" video might be a good starting place.