On the anniversary of his death a mural dedicated to the star Prince has today been unveiled outside Camden’s iconic Electric Ballroom. This kicks off a six-week fundraising drive inspired by the star’s charitable work.
In the days following Prince’s death details emerged of his wide ranging, secret philanthropy, including thousands of dollars worth of solar panels he donated to communities in Oakland, California. Inspired by his actions, climate charity 10:10 are launching a £50,000 crowdfunder to provide solar panels for groups in six locations across the country working on other issues Prince supported.
By going solar, the groups - which range from a foodbank in London to a community centre in Glasgow - will benefit from lower energy costs, providing more money to support their work.
The Electric Ballroom, which hosted a historic secret Prince gig in 2014, will be displaying the mural until the campaign ends on the star’s June 7th birthday.
Neil Jones, project manager at 10:10 climate action said:
As Van Jones said, Prince's legacy was way more than just the music. With his support for clean energy, he helped underline a really key point - solar power is for everyone.
We've brought together six inspirational groups, all with roofs screaming out for solar power. There's a food bank just south of Wembley (which Prince played many times), a unique community-led horticultural project in the middle of Manchester, an LGBT+ helpline that’s been running since the 1970s, a community centre in Glasgow which survived council cuts in the 1990s when users heroically occupied it for 55 days and nights, the only community recording studio and rehearsal space on the Isle of Wight, and a dance education initiative right in the heart of Welsh coal country.
Going solar will help all of them cut carbon, but it'll make them more energy independent too, meaning they can save money on bills and put it towards their great work instead.
Kate Fuller, the Electric Ballroom Camden said:
We’re pleased to be able to host such a fitting tribute to the late music legend Prince. Having hosted him here during his legendary 2014 UK tour we know how special a person he was and are excited that we can help support an initiative aimed at keeping his life and legacy shining bright.
For image requests and further comment: Daniel Jones, press and profile officer, 10:10, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0207 388 6688, 1010uk.org.
Notes to editors:
- 10:10 brings communities together to take practical action on climate change http://1010uk.org/.
- A full list of participating groups can be seen at https://1010uk.org/princesolar
- Details of Prince’s support for solar power were given by Van Jones in interviews following the stars death http://www.vox.com/2016/4/23/11494020/prince-van-jones-secret-humanitarian