Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 which consists of Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion. The band has won 62 awards from 209 nominations throughout their career and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
In the band’s early years, Coldplay was known to give 10% of their profits to charity. The band asks that any gifts intended for them are instead donated to charity. Coldplay have been an active supporter of various social and political causes, such as Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. The group have also performed at various charity projects such as Band Aid 20, Live 8, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Sport Relief and the UK’s Teenage Cancer Trust, and were filmed for Make Poverty History’s Click campaign.
Coldplay teamed up with REM’s Michael Stipe for a charity single to continue aid for Hurricane Katrina victims; proceeds benefit Mercy Corps. The CD, In the Sun, is available for purchase on iTunes. The band has donated items for auctions benefiting Cancer Active and Kids Company, and for several years they have supported Kids Company further by donating proceeds from their Under 1 Roof charity concerts. Chris Martin said of the concerts:“Buying a ticket to this concert will guarantee two things: a totally unique never-to-be-repeated night of star-spangled entertainment, and money in the Christmas coffers of a charity that brings love and happiness to London’s most vulnerable kids.”
Cause Supported: Children, Disaster Relief, Education, Environment, Fair Trade, Health, Human Rights, Peace, Poverty, AIDS & HIV
Source: Look to the stars
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