Donation page closed
Written by Brian   
Saturday, 26 January 2008 08:36

It's been over a month since Led Zeppelin performed a great tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun.  Many of us were able to acquire a copy of the show, some of us with 10 different versions (from difference tape sources).   The donation page setup for their foundation was set to close Jan 23rd. Did you donate to the charity?

Several of the tapers, who were generous enough to share their experience of the concert with their audience recordings, made small requests/suggestions to give a small donation the Ahmet Ertegun charity as a token of appreciation.

Perhaps it was the fact that it was so close to the holidays. Perhaps it was that the message didn't get out there, and wasn't passed along by the various outlets where the copies of the show were available. Perhaps you went there and got confused about the conversion to British Pounds, or the choices for payment (eGold, PayPal, etc). Perhap, perhaps.

Whatever the reason, the sad fact is that as of this date (Jan 26), the donation page setup for the charity did not even reach 50% of its very acheiveable goal.

  • Fundraising target:  £5,000.00
  • Donations to date: £ 2,389.48

Clearly there have been over 100,000 people with the luck and joy of hearing this concert on their iPods, or in their CD players. On the way to work, on the way home, at work, at school, at play. How many are enjoying the copies of this show without paying? Without so much as a dollar?

There may have been other ways to donate, and perhaps checks have been sent. But this website was setup to make it quick and easy, and accessible. And yet, not much activity. It's a shame. They took, and gave no quarter, no quarter.

There was a standout among the Zeppelin community websites:  FriendsOfZep.org gave for the sake of giving, without regard for any downloads of the show.

" £340.00 Dreams Aloft: Benefit Happening proceeds. Thanks All for a great event! "

Where were the other big community fan sites / forums?  Maybe they give back in other ways. Maybe there is no need for give back, and those that suggest giving are pushy do-gooders trying to force their views on others. Yes, maybe that's it, and there is no need to try to make anyone feel quilty about taking and freely sharing. Great, carry on then. Enjoy, and may the next thing you take be a moment to give; to give pause and reflect. 

 
Donation page closed

It's been over a month since Led Zeppelin performed a great tribute concert for Ahmet Ertegun.  Many of us were able to acquire a copy of the show, some of us with 10 different versions (from difference tape sources).   The donation page setup for their foundation was set to close Jan 23rd. Did you donate to the charity?

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