Top touring artists sought for charitable project
HOUSTON, May 17, 2004 – People have been known to raise the roof with enthusiastic singing and musical celebrations, but the term takes on a whole new meaning for music artists, fans, corporate and individual supporters, and families in need around the country.
Clear Channel Entertainment and Habitat for Humanity have announced a partnership titled “Raise the Roof™”. The innovative program features top artists who will lend their name and their support to a Habitat house-building project in a community where they are performing on tour. Corporate sponsors, community volunteers and a few lucky fans will have an opportunity to work alongside the artist on the construction.
“We are very excited about this partnership and the unique way in which we can make an impact in our local communities,” said Brian Becker, chair and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment. “Habitat for Humanity is one of the most exemplary charities in the world today and we feel that Raise the Roof is an ideal way to involve our employees, artists, corporate partners and music fans in bettering the lives of people in our home communities.
Clear Channel Entertainment is extending invitations to artists across all music genres, and house builds are beginning to be scheduled along tour date calendars. Clear Channel Entertainment has committed to fund a significant portion of the expense for each house build, with the balance being raised among corporate sponsors, Habitat supporters, fans, and in some cases, the artists themselves.
“Clear Channel Entertainment is a perfect partner for us not only because of the resources and relationships they have, but the commitment they have to making an impact in local communities where they operate,” said Chris Clarke, senior vice president of communications for Habitat. “Raise the Roof gives us a creative, high energy platform to reach and educate new supporters about what we do. It also offers volunteer and sponsorship opportunities that are truly meaningful because you can see the impact immediately on those lives this affects.”
Kimberly Bowron, senior vice president of corporate culture and philanthropy, will oversee and direct Clear Channel Entertainment’s charitable initiatives both nationally and in coordination with the company’s local efforts. While the company has contributed millions of dollars in cash and in-kind donations throughout its history, this effort is the first time that Clear Channel Entertainment has partnered with a national charity to reach beyond its traditional boundaries.
“We have a tremendous record as a company of helping to improve the individual communities in which we operate,” said Bowron. “By expanding our efforts we will make an even bigger difference in our markets and direct our resources to where they are most needed.”
For more information or to get involved with Raise the Roof, call Karen Lienau, HFHI special events director, at 229-924-6935, ext. 2588, or go to www.habitat.org .
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the away-from-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company’s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment also provides marketing services through LIVE Channel, a company dedicated to creating and executing live events for companies seeking brand promotion. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com  and www.clearchannel.com .