DMB Nets $1.5M For Katrina
But who knew the band’s power of persuasion extended through all levels of the concert staging process, from promoters to food service companies to union stagehands to cops? Representatives from all those groups donated their services to help raise $1.5 million for Hurricane Katrina survivors in a hastily planned benefit at
In addition to DMB, New Orleans’ own
Morris was only too happy to oblige, and so was the mayor as well as Jack Finlaw, who oversees city-owned venues.
Ticking off the long list of names of the people and companies who donated their time, effort or profits from the show was an effort for Morris, who fretted to Pollstar he probably missed a few.
“It was a magical night. It was a great effort by the Dave Matthews Band,
Morris even convinced
The funds raised go to DMB’s nonprofit BAMA Foundation, which will establish its own Katrina Fund and decide which relief organizations will be the recipients of money raised.
Morris thought a large chunk of the donated cash would go to Habitat for Humanity, which plans to rebuild homes in New Orleans and vicinity, and possibly to musician relief groups.
In addition to a flat ticket price of $58.95, VIP packages that included ski weekends, priority seating and other goodies went for $500 and $1,000, with local corporations purchasing entire blocks of tickets.
“It’s all about the Dave Matthews Band. These guys are the real deal,” Morris emphasized. “They have hearts of gold and they wanted to do it. You know, we had already sold out the first three shows in 11 minutes.
“They said, ‘We’re going to contribute 100 percent of our entire organization and we’d like to see if you could get everyone who works the show to do the same.’ We called the mayor, and the mayor and I just got together and made it happen.”
– Deborah Speer