The drinking water in Flint, Michigan has been found to contain lead. Earlier this month the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, declared a state of emergency and the national guard were brought in to distribute bottled water. Pearl Jam have pledged a donation of $125,000 to a relief fund, and “a close group of the band’s friends and partners”—including Live Nation, Republic Records, Glaser Progress Foundation, Ticketmaster, Universal Music Publishing Group and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment—are contributing an additional $175,000 to the aid effort.
Pearl Jam are also asking their fans to donate, and have set up a Crowdrise page to raise funds.
The band writes, “Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.”