Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Dave Matthews Band will pick up NAACP image award

Dave Matthews Band will receive the special Chairman's Award at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards for its devotion to social and environmental causes and its "dignified representation of people of color," the civil rights group has announced.

With the awards, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honors people and companies that support positive change for people of color in arts and entertainment. The honor will be bestowed at the March 6 awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Fox will broadcast the program on March 11.

"Dave Matthews Band demonstrated what commitment means in an artist. With their music and their generosity, they have made a difference in the lives of many," said Julian Bond, NAACP board chairman. "To see and hear them is to recognize great talent; to learn of their good deeds is to recognize they are good souls."

The racially mixed music group's Bama Works Foundation has donated millions of dollars to a variety of groups around the world, including conservation organizations for the Amazon rain forest, family farmers, youth community clubs and AIDS charities.

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