Artists Support Japan attracts big names

Artist Support Japan is a brand new fund raising project created by Alan Niven, who managed Guns N Roses and Great White to multi-platinum success. "The idea, which began with Graham Thomas, an old friend and former CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi is for artists to record an acoustic song with an iPhone or whatever, something immediate and real and of the moment, and attach a message of support. Once we have enough clips well put them on our You Tube and Facebook sites, and the fans get to see fresh and unusual performances. Well go to business and ask them to donate to the fund. Its early yet but perhaps a company like Coke might get interested once the site is of substance. If Sandra Bullock can give a million then perhaps we can find a company to make a meaningful donation in return for site sponsorship and we can raise more than the usual benefit gig and without the huge carbon footprint. Individuals will also be able to donate personally," Niven explains

Artists already taking part include Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers, Tom Hollister Trio, Black Country Communion frontman Glenn Hughes, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali, Twisted Sister leader Dee Snider and more.

Niven is seeking further contributions. Contact him via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Artist Support Japan website is up now at


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