NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Robin Hood, The Black Eyed Peas, Chase, DAS Communications, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Central Park Conservancy are pleased to announce a rain date for The Black Eyed Peas live concert in Central Park, called the Concert 4 NYC, on Friday, September 30, 2011. The previous concert scheduled for June 9th was canceled due to extreme weather conditions.
Chase, the largest private-sector employer in New York City, is the presenting sponsor. Supporting sponsors include Clear Channel's Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show, Eventbrite and Calvin Klein Collection.
Individuals who won or purchased tickets for the June 9th concert who want to attend the September 30th show should watch for an email with instructions on how to claim replacement tickets for the concert. A small number of VIP tickets will be available for sale through blackeyedpeas.robinhood.org.
"We are so thankful to Robin Hood, the City of New York, Central Park Conservancy and Chase for allowing us to reschedule this special experience in Central Park," said will.i.am. "We were sad beyond words that our last show was canceled and we weren't able to perform for this city and help people in need."
The concert will benefit Robin Hood and its mission to fight poverty in New York City, and fund the creation of three new sites for The Black Eyed Peas' Peapod Academies in New York City.
"I was devastated when the Concert 4 NYC was canceled. This was the biggest show we had ever prepared for and we felt horrible for all the fans who waited in the rain," said Fergie. "We have nothing but love for New York and are thrilled that we found a new date to not only help fight poverty in NYC, but to perform a once in a lifetime show for our fans."
"This is a story about not giving up," said David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood. "Robin Hood will never stop fighting poverty and fighting for New Yorkers in need. We never stopped trying to hold this historic event, because it will raise funds and importantly – awareness – about the extent of poverty in our city. Few New Yorkers realize that 1.8 million of their neighbors are living in poverty. Robin Hood, the City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy, DAS Communications, The Black Eyed Peas and Chase all worked exhaustively to find another date for the Concert 4 NYC. We especially want to thank Chase for their extraordinary generosity in sponsoring the rain date. In terms of corporate citizenship, there is no finer example than our friends at Chase. All I can say is that they get it, and New York City and Robin Hood are fortunate to have them as a partner."
This will be the first live concert in Central Park for the six-time Grammy-award winning group.
The concert will raise funds and awareness for Robin Hood, a public charity targeting poverty in New York City by funding and partnering with the best and most effective programs. Robin Hood's grants and guidance support food pantries, homeless shelters, health clinics and provide work-force training for impoverished New Yorkers in the five boroughs. As part of the partnership with The Black Eyed Peas, Robin Hood will fund the opening of three Peapod Academies in New York City over the coming years, which will support disadvantaged youth in New York City by providing music and artistic education, such as music engineering and mixing and video editing, among other opportunities.
"We are extremely honored to bring this concert to the people of New York and to help benefit New Yorkers in need," said Gordon Smith, CEO of Chase Card Services. "We are a New York-based bank and feel a deep responsibility to help the community. On behalf of our 220,000 employees around the world – including 25,000 in New York City – we would like to thank Robin Hood for the extraordinary work they do; thanks to New York City and the Parks Department for allowing this magical event to take place and to The Black Eyed Peas for being a force for positive change in our city."
This is a ticketed event – all concert goers must have a ticket to enter and backpacks and other carry along items are not permitted. The 54,000 free tickets that were previously distributed via random giveaway will be available for redistribution to the original contest winners. Winners will receive an email from Eventbrite with detailed instructions. Any and all remaining free tickets will be available to persons who previously registered to win. These contest entrants also will receive an email with detailed instructions from Eventbrite. A small number of VIP tickets will be available for sale through the same website. Tickets are limited to ensure the safety of all fans attending the event.
"Live music has a rich tradition in Central Park and we are pleased to add The Black Eyed Peas to a list that already includes Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Sting, among many others," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "This free concert on the historic Great Lawn celebrates the best of New York City and will help Robin Hood continue its work to fight poverty."
As the exclusive radio partner, Clear Channel will promote the concert on-air and online through ticket giveaways and public service announcements across five of Clear Channel's New York City Stations: Z100, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3, 106.7 Lite FM and Power 105.1, as well as iHeartRadio.com, the website for Clear Channel's industry-leading digital radio service.
As a supporting sponsor, Calvin Klein Collection has pledged to donate 10% of the proceeds from all purchases made at the brand's iconic flagship store, located at 654 Madison Avenue, beginning Friday, September 30th through Wednesday, October 5th, to benefit Robin Hood's commitment to aiding the 1.8 million New Yorkers living in poverty.
Throughout the concert, music lovers will be encouraged to donate to Robin Hood via text message. For more information on the concert, ticket availability and to donate, please visit www.robinhood.org.
As the exclusive ticketing partner, Eventbrite is again donating all ticketing and entry management services for the concert. Eventbrite's online ticketing service managed all ticketing for the June event: online sales, payments and ticket-taking and the Eventbrite team was on site, scanning tickets at the gates. On June 9th, Eventbrite's system was also used to quickly broadcast messages about the concert delays and cancellation to all 60,000 participants.
The Concert 4 NYC is being produced by Robin Hood in association with William Derella and David Sonenberg of DAS Communications, Ltd., the management company for The Black Eyed Peas.
About the Robin Hood Foundation
For more than 20 years, Robin Hood has fought poverty in New York City. We find, fund and partner with programs that have proven they are an effective remedy to poverty and are a consistent force for good in the lives of New Yorkers in need. We employ a rigorous system of metrics and third-party evaluation to ensure grantee accountability. The board pays all administrative and fundraising costs, so 100 percent of donations goes directly to helping New Yorkers in need build better lives. We work closely with our grantees to make them more effective, enabling them to assist even more people. In 2010, Robin Hood invested over $132 million in 200 programs and schools, directly touching the lives of over 650,000 New Yorkers.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves consumers and small businesses throughout the United States. JPMorgan Chase's global headquarters is in New York City, where it is the city's largest private-sector employer with 25,000 people. In 2010, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation contributed approximately $26.5 million to nonprofit organizations in New York City, focusing on community development, education and arts & culture.
About NYC Parks & Recreation
The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is the steward of over 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. Parks operates more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches and cares for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. Parks looks after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. The Department of Parks & Recreation is the principal provider of recreational and athletic facilities and programs which are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals. For more information about Parks, visit www.nyc.gov/parks.
About Central Park Conservancy
The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of present and future generations. A private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980, the Conservancy provides 85 percent of Central Park's $41.5 million park-wide expense budget and is responsible for all basic care of the Park. For more information on the Conservancy, please visit www.centralparknyc.org.
About Clear Channel Radio
With 237 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Radio has the largest reach of any media company in America. Clear Channel radio serves 150 cities through 850 radio stations. The company's radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet, at iheartradio.com, and on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smart phones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at www.clearchannel.com.
Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event. And Eventbrite makes it easy for everyone to discover events, and to share the events they are attending with the people they know. In this way, Eventbrite brings communities together by encouraging people to connect through live experiences. Eventbrite's investors include Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures, and Tenaya Capital. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com
About Peapod Foundation
The Peapod Foundation supports innovative programs for young people, particularly orphaned, foster and impoverished children, and focuses on their universal needs including music/artistic education. Its first project was the Peapod Music and Arts Academy at the Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. The Foundation is expanding The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Music & Arts Academies to other communities to provide innovative art and music educational programs to more disadvantaged kids nationwide. The next Academy will be in the San Francisco Bay area and some of the proceeds from the Central Park concert will fund a partnership between Peapod and Robin Hood to open three Peapod Academies in New York City.
About Calvin Klein, Inc.
Calvin Klein, Inc. is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women's and men's designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Brands/lifestyles include Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, and Calvin Klein Underwear. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include apparel, accessories, shoes, sleepwear, hosiery, socks, swimwear, belts, eyewear, watches, jewelry, coats, suits, fragrances, and cosmetics, as well as products for the home. For more information, visit www.calvinklein.com.
SOURCE Robin Hood