The Edge Launches New Charity Initiative To Help Storm Victims Rebuild

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January 8, 2013 | 8:51pm EST

Generous U2 guitarist The Edge has launched a new fund to benefit music centers, schools and recording spaces devastated by superstorm Sandy last year.
The rock star has expanded his Music Rising initiative with a new Hurricane Sandy relief fund.
His charity, which The Edge set up in 2005 to replace musical instruments lost in New Orleans, Louisiana because of Hurricane Katrina, will donate an initial $250,000.
A post on the initiative’s website on Tuesday reveals the grant will go towards rebuilding New York and New Jersey school music programs which were affected by Sandy.
The Edge is the latest superstar to offer cash help for those still struggling to recover from the storm – New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi, New Yorker Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Rihanna are among those who have given generously to relief funds, while Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Sir Paul McCartney were among the rockers who performed at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief last month.
Neil Young, Train and Beck also performed at benefit concerts.
The post-tropical cyclone lashed the north east coast in late October, leaving hundreds homeless and millions without power.

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