“Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” the superstar benefit led by George Clooney and Wyclef Jean, is starting to shape up for Friday night, with performances coming from New York, Los Angeles and London.
    Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting and Jennifer Hudson will perform in New York. Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews and John Legend will perform from Los Angeles, along with a group performance from Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. Coldplay and a supergroup of Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna will perform in London. The benefit will mark the debut of a new song from Bono, The Edge and Jay-Z, which, like all the evening’s musical performances, will be available on iTunes starting Saturday morning, with proceeds going to charity.
    Throughout the benefit, viewers will be asked to call in to donate to the “Hope for Haiti” charities – The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Yele Haiti Foundation. The two-hour telethon will air starting at 8 p.m. on all the networks, and dozens of cable channels, including the music channels MTV, VH1, Fuse, BET, CMT and Palladia and cable channels ranging from Comedy Central to Discovery Health and SoapNet.
    The telethon is only one example of musicians and other artists banding together to do what they can to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
    At Linkin Park’s charity Music For Relief, the band, along with All-American Rejects, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette and others have donated songs for a charity album “Download to Donate for Haiti” and asks fans to “give what they can” to return.
    Paste Magazine has launched Songs for Haiti, featuring downloads from more than 200 artists – including Ludacris, Of Montreal, Robert Pollard, The Decemberists and Cee-Lo Green – in exchange for a donation.
    Songza.com is donating 25 cents to Oxfam America for everyone who listens to a special “Help Haiti” playlist, which includes music from the nation’s stars, a reminder of its cultural contribution.
    Locally, artists and venues are working together to contribute as well.
    City Winery’s “Emergency Benefit Concerts for Haiti” start tonight with Patti Smith, The Swell Season, Yo La Tengo, John Wesley Harding, Joshua Bell and others. Tickets are $75 and include a bottle of City Winery wine autographed by the evening’s stars. The venue has set three other benefit shows. On Thursday, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marshall Crenshaw, Lewis Black, Living Colour’s Vernon Reid & Corey Glover and others will perform. On Sunday, the slate includes Rosanne Cash, Madeleine Peyroux, BETTY, Nada Surf and Tabou Combo. And Monday, the night will be full of New York indie artists, including Vienna Teng, Wes Hutchinson, Ari Hest and others.
    The Bell House will hold its "Strength Through Unity" benefit on Wednesday Jan. 27, featuring Jimmy Fallon, Cold War Kids, Ted Leo, Sondre Lerche, A.C. Newman and others. Admission is $50, including food from Great Jones Café and Dub Pies, with proceeds going to Save the Children and Partners in Health.
    The Patchogue Theatre will host a special “Live in the Lobby” concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 to raise money for the Red Cross’ efforts in Haiti. Admission for the show – featuring Iridesense, Michael Jazz Trio, The Loan Sharks, Miles To Dayton, The Sun Gets Down and more – will be $10, with raffles for artwork and restaurant gift certificates set as additional fundraisers.
    Big Shot will hold a Haiti fundraiser on Tuesday Jan. 26 at Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh, raising money for the Red Cross and Catholic relief agencies. The $20 donation includes the concert, as well as a complimentary buffet dinner and a free drink.
    Lion of Ido will donate 25 percent of the proceeds from its show at The Studio at Webster Hall tomorrow night to the Yele Foundation for relief efforts.

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HOW TO HELP

* You can help immediately by texting "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill and given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts.

* Wyclef Jean, a rapper and hip-hop artist from Haiti, urged people to text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 toward earthquake relief. Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement inspiring change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment, according to its Web site.

* The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747. The Red Cross has also set up a Web site to help family members find and contact relatives.

* You can also go online to organizations such as the Red Cross and MercyCorps to make a contribution to the disaster relief efforts.

The FBI warned Internet users to be wary of e-mail messages seeking donations in the aftermath of the quake. People who want to send money or assistance should contribute to known organizations and should be careful not to respond to unsolicited e-mails, officials said.

Other Web sites accepting donations include:

-Haitian Health Foundation
-Hope for Haiti
-UNICEF
-International Medical Corps
-Beyond Borders
-AmeriCares