These Musicians Are Giving Back In Surprising Ways

Although at times it may seem like successful musicians just sit back and count their money, that is far from the truth. After finally achieving success, many musicians feel indebted to society and take it upon themselves to give back to their community and beyond. Whether donating large sums of money to charity or using their fame to speak out regarding current issues, many of them are far from selfish. From Willie Nelson’s work with numerous activist groups to Dr. Dre giving back to Compton, see what some of the world’s best musicians are doing to make a change.

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Pearl Jam Was Never In It For Money


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Pearl Jam makes a point to give back. Even in the beginning of their career, they became popular for their refusal to make lucrative music videos, do interviews, and market themselves for monetary purposes. They even went on to boycott Ticketmaster because they didn’t think outrageous service fees were ethical. The band, and especially frontman Eddie Vedder, has been very open about their political beliefs and are no stranger to benefit concerts for charities for world hunger or victims of natural disasters. In 1998, the band matched a donation for $500,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They since established their Vitalogy Foundation in which three dollars from every ticket goes towards their foundation’s charities.