Japan Relief and Support Resources

Everyone at KEXP has been moved by the recent tragedies in Japan. In an effort to help, KEXP is providing this page of online resources where you can learn more about the events, organizations, and other ways you can support those affected.

Thanks to Pitchfork.com for providing much of this information. If you know of an additional charity, event, or auction that is raising money for tsunami relief, please leave a comment below to let us know.


  • Google Crisis Page: offers options of donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society, International Medical Corps, UNICEF, and Save the Children.
  • Boredoms: Shinji from Japanese bands DMBQ and Boredoms is accepting donations via PayPal (email: dmbq@dmbq.net) as he drives around Japan in a van filled with food that he is hand-delivering to stricken areas.
  • Donation Doubler This website lists different companies and organizations that are matching funds for Japan relief efforts.


  • Antiopic: Antiopic has released the benefit compilation Benefit for the Recovery in Japan, which features 64 songs for $15, by artists like TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Deerhunter/Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox, Fennesz, Bear in Heaven, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sam Prekop, Tim Hecker, Akron/Family, School of Seven Bells, Grouper, Prefuse 73, the Ex, Parts & Labor, and Growing. All proceeds go to the Japanese relief organization Civic Force.
  • Fake Four, Inc.: Record label Fake Four, Inc. has put together a benefit EP called J-A-P-A-N featuring Sole, Myka 9, Moka Only, Awol One, Radical Face, and more. Proceeds go to Relief International.
  • Love Letter to Japan: Love Letter to Japan is a special compilation album that will be available to purchase via Bandcamp for one month only starting Monday, April 11th. All funds from online sales of this album will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross relief efforts. The compilation features Scottish musicians such as The Pastels, Eugenius (of The Vaselines), BMX Bandits, Stevie Jackson (of Belle & Sebastian), Alasdair Roberts, and more. Most of the tracks on the compilation are previously unreleased (including the first new Eugenius track in 15 years), the others are not widely available elsewhere.
  • Male Bonding: Sub Pop Records band Male Bonding is auctioning off the test pressing (the only one) of their split 7″ with Pens. This is from a sold out release on Paradise Vendors Inc. All proceeds will be donated directly to the earthquake / tsunami victims by Haruka Big Love.
  • The Morning Benders: The Morning Benders have released the Japan Echo EP over at their website. The EP features two Morning Benders cuts, “Better in Blue” and “Little Riot”, as well as remixes from Star Slinger, Wild Nothing, Twin Sister, and more. All proceeds from the EP’s sales will go towards the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.
  • Ninja Tune/ All City/ Kode9: Artists on the electronic labels Ninja Tune and All City, as well as Hyperdub head Kode9, are among some of the many contributors featured on the Nihon Kizunacompilation, which is available now for purchase on Bandcamp and iTunes Japan. The proceeds will go towards supporting the Japan Red Cross.
  • RZA: The Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA posted a new track on Soundcloud, Gab-Gotcha’s “Japan”, for free download in support of Japan.
  • Serena-Maneesh: Shoegazers Serena-Maneesh just released a remix of Lindstrøm & Christabelle’s “High & Low” on iTunes; all proceeds go to supporting the Japanese Red Cross.
  • Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth are auctioning a pair of vintage posters, as well as a pair of band-branded Vans from the era that produced their 1992 LP Dirty, with 100% of the funds raised going to ShelterboxUSA.org, which provides shelter and needs to Japan’s displaced homeless population.
  • Thrill Jockey: Thrill Jockey is donating all proceeds from the sales of the Boredoms’ Super Roots 9, and OOIOO’s Taiga, Gold and Green, and Eye Remix EP.
  • Shugo Tokumaru: Japanese indie-pop artist Shugo Tokumaru is selling a new track, “Open a Bottle”, at Bandcamp to support Japan.
  • tUnE-yArDs: As the 4AD website reports, tUnE-yArDs have started a Flickr account for fans to post pictures of themselves in face paint (inspired by the video for “Bizness”). For every photo, frontwoman Merrill Garbus will donate a dollar to Japanese relief efforts, and she’ll award a boom box painted in the same colors as her new album artwork to whoever posts the most creative photo.
  • Chad VanGaalen: Chad VanGaalen is selling a new EP, Your Tan Looks Supernatural, over at his Bandcamp. The EP is comprised of outtakes from his forthcoming record Diaper Island, and will go towards benefitting the Red Cross.
  • WHY?: WHY? are auctioning off a whole bunch of rare LPs from WHY?, as well as affiliated projects cLOUDDEAD and Hymie’s Basement, over at band member Josiah Wolf’s eBay page; all proceeds from the auction will go to supporting Hands on Tokyo.
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  1. Mara Spaccarelli
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Please do not forget about the pets of Japan as well. Dogs/Cats and other four legged family members affected by this horrible horrible tragedy..
    Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support. (JEARS)

  2. Nakisha
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Many local and worldwide crafters are donating the sale of handmade goods to various Japan relief charities on Etsy.com. Search for “Japan relief”

  3. Laurie
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Friday, April 8th, from 12pm-10pm, Ghost Gallery will donate 25% of all Jewelry, Miniature Art and Vintage sales to the American Red Cross to help with Relief Efforts in Japan! More at http://ghostgallery.org. Thanks!

  4. Wendy
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Grounds for Change, a local coffee roaster, has created a Fair Trade and Organic Certified Japan Relief Blend. For every bag sold, $2.00 will be given to Mercy Corps to help in their efforts to construct temporary housing and provide other needs to some of the hardest hit areas in Japan. More info at: http://www.groundsforchange.com/shop/product.php?pid=152 or call 1.800.796.6820

  5. greg@ponyboyrecords.
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    “JAZZ FOR JAPAN” concert, April 18. All $$ goes to PeaceWinds. Presented by Pony Boy Records and the Kirkland Performance Center.


  6. Akiko Kinney
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Please come to a very special benefit concert “Songs Of Hope” to support and aid victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The Intent of the concert is to offer a place and an opportunity for community connection and support for the people who are deeply affected by the recent earthquake. Participating performers include a Japanese Koto ensemble, members of the Seattle Symphony and other professional musicians from greater Seattle. Date: Sunday May 1 at 3 PM (doors open at 2 PM) Place: Daniels Recital Hall in Downtown Seattle (5th & Marion St, http://recitalhall.fifthandcolumbia.com/index.html) Admission: Free (Donations are gratefully accepted to on-site relief organizations) Other: Childcare Provided. For further information, please contact Akiko Kinney (206) 849-7330, or akikokinney@yahoo.com

  7. Akiko Kinney
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Songs of Hope will be donationg 100% of the proceeds to The Red Cross.

  8. Kara
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Our shop in Wallingford (Not A Number Cards & Gifts), along with the Not A Number Kids Club (see Familyworks’ blog re kids presenting giant check to food bank), is holding a Raffle for Japan, with a ton of prizes donated by 30 local businesses. (amazing too, like $200+ dinner for 2, $40 gift cards, $65 acupuncture, free fitness classes, $50 gift cards, more!) Please come buy tix – $1 ea – at Not A Number (1907 N 45th) or at Blue Star Cafe, thru at least 4/28!

  9. Dean Wenick
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Wednesday April 27
    Let’s Rendezvous for Japan

    Disaster relief benefit slideshow
    Slideshow from Japan at Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater
    Special musical guests
    All proceeds will go to disaster relief efforts
    More info here

  10. Susan
    Posted May 1, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Benefit for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) and Americares

    Tuesday, May 10 7:00-11:30pm
    125 5th Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY


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