MTV, Yahoo! team up for Quincy Jones extravaganza

MUMBAI: This looks like a not to be missed musical extravaganza. Nearly two decades ago one of the most famous music concerts in history We Are The World took place. The brains behind that event, music legend Quincy Jones has announced the follow up We Are The Future.

MTV and portal Yahoo will serve as the international broadcast partners for the all-star benefit concert which will take place in Rome on 16 May 2004.

The concert marks the launch of a worldwide humanitarian effort to help children in war-ravaged cities. The concert will see performances from Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, Juanes, Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Zucchero, Youssou N Dour, the casts of Stomp and Cirque du Soleil among others.

Celebrity presenters will include talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, boxing great Muhammad Ali, football icon Pele and tennis Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.The concert will be made available to all 42 MTV channels globally, which collectively reach 402 million households in 166 countries.

The concert will air as a live four hour broadcast on MTV Italy and as a two hour tape delayed version in various other MTV markets. In addition, MTV will provide promotional support on its various localised web sites around the world. Local premiere dates and times will be listed on as they are confirmed.

Yahoo! will webcast the concert live via its music destination, Launch to its global network of sites. Yahoo! claims to reach over 274 million unique individuals worldwide each month.

MTV Networks International senior VP editorial director Bill Flanagan added, "MTV has a long history of supporting important social causes from Live Aid in 1985 to our work today on building HIV/Aids awareness. With participation from some of the worlds biggest and most well-respected artists, this one-of-a-kind event is sure to draw attention to the plight of children in war-torn countries."

The event is free. Proceeds from the concerts broadcast and related merchandise sales will benefit We Are the Future programmes, including the creation of child centers in six cities worldwide. At the centers, children will not only receive the much-needed humanitarian services and care, but also have access to resources and training in health, nutrition, technology, sports and the arts.

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