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May 4, 2008
NextAid and cMarket
May 5, 2008
- June 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CA - NextAid,
a Los Angeles-based nonprofit humanitarian organization, and cMarket,
the leading provider of charitable online auction services, will once
again collaborate to produce the second annual "Bids 4 Beats."
The auction will raise awareness and funds through the global electronic
music community in support of NextAid's mission: to implement sustainable
solutions to the challenges facing African children. "Bids 4
Beats" will commence at 8:00am PST on Monday, May 5, 2008 and close
at 6:00pm PST on Sunday, June 1, 2008. In 2006, "Bids 4 Beats"
raised more than $12,000 from online bidding, resulting in total proceeds
of over $24,000 due to bids matched by a private donor. This year,
the auction includes items from previous auction supporters, such as
Glacéau, who has generously donated a year's supply of VitaminEnergy
drinks, and Rane, a manufacturer of audio gear, as well as new
contributors including music recording software developer, Cakewalk,
who has donated the award winning virtual instrument, Rapture.
Online partners supporting this event include Fusicology.com
and Remix Magazine.
To reflect the sustainable
element of NextAid's initiative, the catalog includes donations
from leading players in technology and "green" living in addition
to items of great interest to the international dance music scene.
Biddable items are accessible through this web site: www.nextaid.cmarket.com.
Other unique auction donations include: a Yoga Spa session from San Francisco Yoga School, Studiophile Q40 headphones from M-Audio, a VIP night with bottle service at NYC's award-winning Cielo nightclub, music production classes from DubSpot, and the entire OM Records catalogue. Other contributors include Temple SF, SupperClub, Zip Car, DJ Angola, Traxsource, BASIC NYC, Nomadic Wax Records, Freddi C, Nook Bistro (West LA), Putumayo Records, Miguel Migs, iKY Clothing, Natural High Lifestyle, Yeah Yeah! Clothing, Seventh Generation, Soda Club, +E (Positive Energy) Awareness Apparel , Carol Ann Blanding, Better Botanicals, StubDog, Monday Night Social, Native Instruments, Crystal Clarity, iZO Force Energy Products, Afro Funké, DJ Dan, and Bodega Wine Bar (southern California). Items will continually be added up through May 17th as more donors jump on board.
Uniting the world of electronic
music while helping impoverished children in Africa, NextAid utilizes
the momentum of the dance music community to produce music benefits
and awareness-raising activities. Its pilot project, the building of
a children's center in Dennilton, South Africa, is on its way to completion.
Launched in the summer of 2005 with a team headed by Joseph Kennedy,
a world-renowned eco-architect, NextAid has completed ten buildings,
trained local builders in eco-friendly construction techniques and helped
secure funding for small business development.
NextAid's projects - and
fundamental mission -- have garnered intensified support throughout
the years from major artists and industry leaders. Some have really
stepped up the plate, including DJ Dan, DubSpot and OM Records who have
each "adopted" a structure at the children's center in Dennilton
that is slated for construction this year. DJ Dan is committed
to funding the Art Room of the Main Center, initially donating a 5,000-piece
record collection to NextAid. DubSpot is funding a portion of
the playground and has also sponsored the poignant PSA recently released
by NextAid. The video demonstrates the degree of artist support for
the cause and the gravity of the orphan pandemic, while showcasing their
pilot project in South Africa. It can be viewed through YouTube on the
NextAid Web site (http://nextaid.org/NEXTAIDPSA
cMarket is the leading on-demand,
online auction platform solely for organizations engaged in fundraising
for nonprofit causes. With more than 1,000 customers, online auctions
powered by cMarket.com have generated funding successes by allowing
organizations, both large and small, to identify new sources of income
and, at the same time, build mission awareness and heightened caring
for the cause. In the past year they've worked with such charities
as the United Way, orchestrating auctions with a diverse group of participants
including the Red Sox, Matt Damon, George Clooney and more. For more
information please visit www.cmarket.com.
NextAid is a Los Angeles-based
nonprofit organization committed to developing and implementing sustainable
solutions to the challenges facing African children. NextAid's mission
is to promote community-driven, environmentally sustainable, economically
and socially empowering responses to the AIDS orphan pandemic. NextAid
collaborates with individuals, businesses and nonprofits to produce
creative, culturally rich, awareness-raising projects and music events
involving technology, the arts, public education projects, and volunteer
opportunities. For more information please visit www.nextaid.org.
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