It was announced that Paul McCartney will be performing at The Robin Hood Foundation's annual benefit on May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Robin Hood says in its mission statement that Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods. Because its board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need.
Paul McCartney has had other associations with Robin Hood. After September 11, he participated in the Concert for New York City, which raised more than $36 million to provide direct financial assistance to the families of victims who lost their lives in the terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The funds that were raised also provided for emergency assistance and support and other health services including long-term mental health care to First Responders, their families and low-income New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of those attacks.
The most recent association was the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, which assisted some beyond the New York City's borders. That performance raised more than $50 million to help front-line organizations that were helping victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Performers at the concert included: Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Kanye West and the surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) who performed with Paul McCartney.
But McCartney has done much more charitable work than just for Robin Hood. He is a well known support of PETA and has done such events as hosting PETA's “Party of the century” gala in 1999, honoring his late wife Linda and those who have committed themselves to carrying on her work for animals. On February 10, 2012, McCartney was honored as the 2012 MusiCare's Person of the Year at a gala in Los Angeles. Musicare is the charitable arm of the Recording Academy and provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. On March 24, 2015 A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney DVD/BlueRay will be released with proceeds from the sale to provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.
A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney Set List:
'Get Back / Hello Goodbye / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' – Cirque du Soleil feat. The Beatles 'Love' Cast
'Magical Mystery Tour' – Paul McCartney
'Junior’s Farm' – Paul McCartney
'Blackbird' – Alicia Keys
'No More Lonely Nights' – Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
'And I Love Her' – Duane Eddy
'Oh! Darling' – Norah Jones
'I Saw Her Standing There' – Neil Young with Crazy Horse
'The Fool On The Hill' – Sergio Mendes
'We Can Work It Out' - Coldplay
'Yesterday' – James Taylor with Diana Krall
'For No One' – Diana Krall with James Taylor
'My Valentine' – Paul McCartney
'Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five' – Paul McCartney
'Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End' - Paul McCartney featuring Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh