Follow the money, they always say. And Forbes has estimated that the 12-12-12 concert "will raise at least $30 million just from ticket sales", calling it a drop in the bucket for a $70 billion recovery bill over
So I called the Robin Hood Foundation to see how much money had been raised for Brooklyn-related Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery from the 12-12-12- concert. And, while they're not quite ready to make that announcement, I did get a list of several dozen organizations that they funded after the storm.
(Some of these organizations are based in Brooklyn, others are not, but have extended services to Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Red Hook and other storm-stricken areas in our borough. They delivered food, helped the homeless, worked on housing recovery and repair, took care of kids. It's a pretty impressive grassroots response, on behalf of Brooklyn.)
Because foundations like Robin Hood spend a good deal of time and effort on vetting the groups they fund (and making sure the money is spent on what it was intended for), there's a reasonable chance that at least some of the above groups will benefit from what was the d0-good rock concert of the decade, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Kayne West, Alicia Keys and many other stars.
Stay tuned to find out where the 12-12-12 funds will go, in Brooklyn.