Ne-Yo Teams with Lifebeat to Raise HIV Awareness
Ne-Yo will perform a concert on World AIDS Day
Saturday Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day and singer Ne-Yo is teaming up with Lifebeat, a nonprofit HIV/AIDS education organization, in a campaign to stop the spread of HIV among young people.
More than one in four (26%) new HIV infections are diagnosed in youth between 13 and 24 years old, according to the November 2012 Vital Signs
report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In response, Lifebeat, which bills itself as a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention, will be promoting education initiatives in dance clubs from coast to coast and via a mobile and online campaign.
A coalition of artists, DJs and music hubs like Beatport, Billboard, Traxsource and Resident Advisor will encourage fans to make a $5 donation to Lifebeat by texting “LIFEBEAT” TO 85944.
“Lifebeat recognizes that dance music represents a powerful and inspiring way to reach young people with critical information about HIV/AIDS prevention” said Gary Dell’Abate, President of Lifebeat. “We are thrilled to join with the dance community in our fight against HIV/AIDS.”
In Los Angeles, Ne-Yo will host a special World AIDS Day club night at Supper Club to raise money for Lifebeat, while New York City dance clubs like PachaNYC and Cielo will donate $1 from every paid admission on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec 1, to Lifebeat.
Lifebeat is looking to expand its message around the country by teaching about safer sex education and providing free condoms, HIV/AIDS prevention information, counseling, and testing. In 2012, Lifebeat conducted HIV/AIDS outreach at festivals like the Ultra Music Festival and concerts headlined by Madonna, Coldplay, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, and Rita Ora.