Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock and are among more than 100 volunteers from the worlds of music, television and film scheduled to appear during Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, a two-hour telethon airing Friday (Jan. 22) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and dozens of other media outlets internationally. The event will raise money to assist the victims of the earthquake that occurred on Jan. 12.
Swift will appear in Los Angeles, where Urban, Crow and Kid Rock will offer a special group performance. Others performing in Los Angeles include Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder. Performing in New York are Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting. The London lineup features Coldplay and a group performance by Bono, the Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
All musical performances will be available for purchase for 99 cents per song through the Apple iTunes store beginning Saturday (Jan. 23). All proceeds will benefit relief funds managed by Hope for Haiti Now charities.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Programme have joined the list of relief organizations that will benefit from Hope for Haiti Now. The list also includes Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Yele Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from the telethon will be split evenly among each organization’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.
In addition to a report during the telethon from CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti, presenters and speakers in Los Angeles will include Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Halle Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey and Samuel L. Jackson. Jon Stewart and former President Bill Clinton will be featured in New York, and Robert Pattinson will appear in London.
Hope for Haiti Now will be the most widely-distributed telethon in history, both internationally and across all media platforms. The telethon will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT, along PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, the National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health and Planet Green. Canadian networks include CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic.
The event will be also be streamed live online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV.
Hope for Haiti Now will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide. It will be the first U.S.-based telethon airing on MTV in China. Facebook and Twitter have signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and tune-in to the telethon.