PRESS RELEASE: The Joe Strummer Foundation & Oxfam America Announce Fundraising Album

Released by The Joe Strummer Foundation, a new fundraising album will raise funds for Oxfam’s Crisis in Syria appeal

10th November 2016

LONDON, UK - The Joe Strummer Foundation and Oxfam America have today announced a collaborative fundraising album, Strummerville A Go-Go #003. The digital-only album features 19 tracks donated by independent artists who The Joe Strummer Foundation support to help raise funds for Oxfam America’s Crisis in Syria appeal.

Photo credit: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Millions of refugees – many of them children – are seeking security in other Middle Eastern countries and beyond. They lack adequate food, shelter, healthcare, and warm clothes. Driven from their homes, many families are risking their lives in a dangerous flight for safety. Oxfam is helping people get the essential supplies they need and working to provide clean water and sanitation to protect public health.

Moved by the ongoing atrocities facing the people in Syria and the surrounding region The Joe Strummer Foundation, whose mission statement is in part: to give support to projects around the world that create empowerment through music, decided to reach out to Oxfam about a collaboration.

“We’ve been in contact with Oxfam for over a year now and have admired their dedication with music-related projects in the United States to raise awareness for the important work Oxfam does.” said Steve Mullen, project lead & coordinator. “It’s a real privilege to be releasing our 3rd Strummerville A Go-Go fundraising album in partnership with Oxfam America and we hope we can get to raise a substantial amount to help fund much needed humanitarian support & provisions.”

Strummerville A Go-Go #003 will be released online on 14th November 2016 and will be the 3rd in an ongoing series of fundraiser albums in which independent artists, 19 in total, each donate a track, the album is then compiled and released on Bandcamp as a digital-only album which can then be streamed online for free, with an option to download the album in return for a donation of £3 (approx. $4 USD) or more.

Proceeds from the album will be split equally between Oxfam America’s Crisis in Syria appeal, and The Joe Strummer Foundation, to support the work they do in giving opportunities to musicians and support to music projects around the world.

“Oxfam is pleased to partner with The Joe Strummer Foundation on this edition of Strummerville A Go-Go. Joe once famously said, ‘Without people you’re nothing,’ and it’s that spirit of collaboration that is the foundation of Oxfam’s work to find solutions to hunger and poverty. At Oxfam we truly believe that music can change the world.” - Bob Ferguson, Creative Alliances & Music Outreach Manager, Oxfam America.

To find out more about the campaigns goals, learn about both organisations and to listen to and download the album please visit main campaign page: http://bit.ly/SAGG003

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