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U2's the Edge Launches Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Guitarist's Music Rising initiative donates $250,000

The Edge in Berlin on February 10, 2009.
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January 8, 2013 11:25 AM ET

U2 guitarist the Edge has expanded his Music Rising initiative with a new Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Music Rising will donate an initial $250,000 to aid in rebuilding music programs in the tri-state area affected by Hurricane Sandy in October. For more information, visit Music Rising's website.

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Aside from big benefit events like 12-12-12, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together and 4 Artists 1 Cause, individual artists have shown generosity: Lady Gaga donated $1 million to New York and the American Red Cross, and Rihanna donated $100,000 to the Food Bank of New York and turned an album release party into a charity event.

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