Correction: A.S. will actually match up to $3,554.21 donated at the concert. The $25,000 is a separate matching program. The Nexus regrets this error.

UCSB’s Haiti Relief Concert will feature popular local artists tonight from 9 p.m. to midnight in Storke Plaza to fundraise for the victims of the recent tragedy.

A multitude of campus entities made the concert possible, which will be headlined by Dj Raph and feature performances by Sprout, The Brandy Knights, Existential Hero, Justin Ratowsky and Fred Pavel. A donation of $3 to $7 will be requested upon entry and Associated Students Legislative Council has agreed to match all donations up to $25,000, to be donated directly to the Haiti Relief Initiative Fund.

Barbara Feeney, a third-year psychology major and an event organizer, said the idea for the concert was originally born out of a failed plan to have an on-campus sleep-out last week.

“It all started off at CalPIRG,” Feeney said. “We had the idea of having a sleep-out at the university to try and raise awareness and money, but we couldn’t do that because of safety and regulations, so we collaborated with [Environmental Affairs Board] and Human Rights Council.”

According to concert co-organizer Joanna Rayner, the original sleep-out event was designed more to garner publicity than raise donations. However, as organizations began to express a desire to help, the event took a different shape and was postponed till this week.

“We’ve now collaborated with the Human Rights Council, who has basically helped take the project under their wing,” Rayner, a third-year literature major, said.

Various items will be raffled, such as gift cards from local businesses, and a brand-name store has donated five boxes of clothing to be given away for a suggested donation. The evening will close with a silent, two-minute candlelight vigil representing UCSB’s solidarity with those who have suffered or lost their lives in the Haiti earthquake.

According to Nicolas Pascal, a UCSB graduate student and director of the Human Rights Council, all the donations collected at tonight’s event will go directly to the Haiti Relief Initiative Fund, started by UCSB’s Center for Black Studies Research.

“This is such an important, unique and powerful initiative, and the Human Rights Council could not be more pleased to be supporting it,” Pascal said.

Feeney said the relief concert is a local way for students to provide aid for such an enormous tragedy, but is only a small step.

“Of course you’re helping out by donating money,” Feeney said, “but sometimes you’d like to do more.”

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