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Dark Was The Night album raises $1 million for charity

By | Published on Thursday 2 December 2010

AIDS charity The Red Hot Organisation has announced that it has now raised and distributed over $1 million from the sale of the ‘Dark Was The Night’ compilation album, co-released with Beggars-owned label 4AD in February last year.

Produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, with Red Hot founder John Carlin, the album features 32 exclusive tracks by artists, including Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors and David Byrne, Feist, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Sufjan Stevens.

Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills told CMU: “Aaron and Bryce pulled together a wonderful collection of artists, songs and performances that perfectly encapsulates these times and really makes ‘Dark Was The Night’ into an ‘album’ – a labour of love that has created this amazing and very tangible result!”

Aaron Dessner added: “We want to thank all of the artists and everyone at 4AD again for helping us make ‘Dark Was The Night’ happen. We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record – your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot’s mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS”.

The money raised has been distributed amongst charities chosen by the artists involved. Yesterday’s announcement about the amounts raised coincided, of course, with the annual World AIDS Day.