Money for Sandy relief: accountability needed!

The tickets were $150 but for shits and giggles, I logged onto Ticketmaster’s site exactly at 12 noon today (when the tickets went on sale to non-Chase card holders) and guess what —- apparently sold out.

“No tickets match your criteria”? then that means SOLD OUT.

In 3 minutes, how the hell can an event SELL OUT??? And sell out at these exorbitant prices???

They also plan on making this a pay perview event. The top price for a ticket was $2500.

I would like to know exactly where it is this 121212 concert money is going; I would like to know where all of the relief money is going!  There are homes that are still wiped out and people who cannot get aid, either from locals, The Red Cross or from anything insurance or federal.

Breezy Point and the Far rockaways still have no heat no lights no nothin’ — did they get any of this relief money? Looks like no.

The only help that is coming in (besides a $2800 check from FEMA and in this area that money won’t take you far) is from volunteer efforts from individual groups. Even so, they can’t be everywhere and help everyone; lots of areas have nothing so yeah, what abou them?

It’s great to set up a concert or a this or a that and say MOney will go to Sandy relief — but where is this money going? and how immediately will this money be made available?

Anybody here get the ugly feeling somebody will get rich from this deal? Because I do.

($150 for a concert? Take that money, spend it on items for very local victims and bring the items TO THEM. That’s where it will do the most good. Weehawken, Moonachie and Carlstadt and Little Ferry are a 10 or 15 minute drive from me and those people really need help)

3 thoughts on “Money for Sandy relief: accountability needed!”

  1. These are all very good questions. Unless the venue is being donated,. to include the cost of security and other support personnel, along with the services of the performers, who also travel to the concert at their own expense, nothing close to the ticket price will go to aid.

    Typically one is told what portion of the ticket cost is tax-deductible, often right on the ticket, and that’s the part of cost that is supposed to go to the charity, which is greater than the amount that will go to providing actual aid. When the money will be available is another question. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been much more Sandy-related fraud, such as independent “collectors” soliciting money for Sandy relief who just pocket the money. I am most likely not hearing about it. People around here are up in arms about the Salvation Army being banned from downtown Colorado Springs.

    I’ve changed my mind about donating goods to charity. I’ll shop at Goodwill for what I call “housewares that I don’t mind losing”, such as extra serving plates to take to the office, but by the time that my clothes are ready for Goodwill, I would do better to use them as quilting material. The begging bowls are out for holiday donations at the office for food and toys, and I gave cash. Let them figure out what food is missing from the donations (a lot of which will be out of date), and use the money to help to make up missing items.

  2. Having put together various charity concerts along with knowing about many others I can tell you the whole “charity” concert is often a misnomer. Many bands are donating their time but when you add in the other things like a bar tab they get expensive. Our now defunct alternative station used to do charity concerts twice a year and bring in these huge acts that even non alternative fans know and often would just break even after the expenses. Usually they would get a few bands that were just breaking in the industry then a huge headliner. One year they got two bands that are considered legends of alternative rock, bands that became popular during the 80’s, stayed popular during the alternative 90’s (and considered huge influences on the bands that came later). Anyway, one of the bands was playing for free but demanded (and got)hotel expenses at the Ritz-Carlton and many other things.Not sure about the other band but they may have also pulled something like this because they could. By the time you deduct all the band expenses and the station expenses I am willing to bet most of the money didn’t go to the charity.

    This issue has been around a long time and I remember when Live Aid was mentioned along with the songs recorded for relief like Do They Know It’s Christmas and We Are The World it was discovered most of the money in fact went into the pocket of African politicians instead of food.

  3. According to the concert Web site, the event benefits ‘the Robin Hood relief fund.’ The Web site goes on to state:

    Thanks to the generosity of concert organizers, sponsors, and Robin Hood’s board of directors, every single penny from ticket purchases and donations will go to the best community organizations serving the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

    OK, fair enough. But even if the artists are performing gratis, and Madison Square Garden is donating the venue, there will still be piles of other costs. The Garden has a capacity of 20,000: at $150/ticket, that’s $3M in revenue. The event has a lineup of sponsors who, I’m sure, are collectively ‘donating’ well in excess of that. But that money doesn’t go to the relief efforts: it’s used to put on the show.

    If the intent was to raise money to help communities and people affected by Sandy, I’m sure that there are more efficient ways to do it.

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