A proponent of pro-social causes and a philanthropist in his own right, Steve Aoki has announced a major donation of over $65,000 to multiple health and research organizations. The Grammy-nominated electronic music producer recently raised the funds during his Aokify America North American tour, powered by Scion and presented by his independent imprint Dim Mak, last year via his Steve Aoki Charitable Fund. Aoki donated a dollar of every ticket sale throughout the tour to four charities: Brain Preservation Foundation, evaluating “plastination” and “cryonics,” two ways doctors might inexpensively preserve the brain of a dying person; University of Rochester Medical Center – Memory Care Program, providing diagnosis, treatment, and care of neurodegenerative conditions that affect the elderly and the aging nervous system; American Brain Foundation, committed to curing brain disease; and Infusio, pushing the fusion of cutting-edge science and the newest developments in complementary medicine. Aoki fans were encouraged to vote for their organization via Steve’s Facebook page with the Brain Preservation taking the grand prize along with additional donations made to the other groups.
“My philanthropy work is just as important to me as my music,” says Aoki. “I’ve been involved with many charities and non-profit organizations throughout my career, and I always take the time to give back and volunteer when I can. These four organizations represent the best in what they do, and I’m stoked to be working with them.”
In addition, Steve Aoki raised over $10,000 last year in fan contributions via his Steve Aoki’s Birthday for Relief campaign to help victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan in partnership with Music for Relief—a non-profit charity organization founded by Linkin Park and dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. That was in addition to a personal donation of $36,000 he made to the relief efforts for a grand total of over $46,000.
About Steve Aoki:
Steve Aoki is a Grammy-nominated international producer/DJ, electronic dance music entrepreneur, and founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak. Since launching in 1996, Dim Mak has broken bands such as Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, Klaxons, and The Gossip through deftly marketed single and full-length releases and now has nearly 500 releases to date. As a solo artist, Aoki has become a force of nature averaging over 250 tour dates per year. In 2012, Aoki took his incredible career to the next level with his first proper full-length release Wonderland (Ultra Music/Dim Mak), followed by Wonderland Remixed, and his live concert DVD Deadmeat: Live at Roseland Ballroom, along with various singles, remixes and EPs, all of which brought together a lifetime’s worth of passion for bands, DJs, and artists of all stripes. Aoki also headlined the successful Deadmeat North American Tour in 2012, which boasted over 50 tour dates resulting in his being named Pollstar’s highest grossing dance act for the first half of the year and landing him a cover feature. Currently, Aoki is working on his follow-up album Neon Future, scheduled for release in 2014 via Ultra Music/Dim Mak.
About Dim Mak:
Since the label’s inception in 1996, Dim Mak has thrived on a commitment to preserving a boundless, forward-thinking music community. Everything about Dim Mak stems from founder Steve Aoki’s “Do It Yourself” ethos to morph and move with the industry’s ever-changing tides. It all started with a 7-inch record from obscure, SoCal hardcore ensemble Stickfigurecarousel in 1996. Dim Mak has since put out over 500 releases to date and has broken artists from The Kills, Battles, Bloc Party, The Gossip, Klaxons, The Bloody Beetroots, MSTRKRFT, Felix Cartal, Datsik, and more. Dim Mak’s current roster boasts major releases from Infected Mushroom, Clockwork, Angger Dimas, Azari & III, Keys N Krates, Dirtyphonics, and many more. For the last 10 years, Dim Mak has thrown the now iconic weekly Dim Mak Tuesdays events at Dim Mak Studios in Hollywood, CA. Dim Mak has created a platform for many cutting-edge artists like Afrojack, Zedd, A-Trak, Lady Gaga, Borgore, Travis Barker, Kid Cudi, Justice, and Zeds Dead amongst many others to break out into the world of music.
About Steve Aoki Charitable Fund:
Label owner, DJ, producer, and fashion executive Steve Aoki has always made it a point to take a proactive stance when it comes to social and humanitarian issues. Steve Aoki has recognized the need for immediate humanitarian relief and essential medical research to help with crises and newfound heath issues that arise every year around the world. Aoki will use his global influence to raise money for organizations dealing with these issues using funds raised from his own touring events, memorabilia auctions, and partnerships with like-minded artists. Traditionally, Steve has been involved in various charities, including as a spokesperson for Peta2 as well as a supporter of Music for Relief. Moving forward, he will take issues into his own hands by directly supporting those affecting change when needs arise in addition to hosting fundraising campaigns for specific charitable organizations throughout the year. The Steve Aoki Charitable Fund is supported by the Creative Visions Foundation, a publicly supported 501(c)3, which supports creative activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world. All donations are tax-deductible.
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