The Material World Foundation
Established in 1973 to encourage the exploration of alternate and diverse forms of artistic expression, life views and philosophies as well as a way to support established charities and people with special needs.
The Foundation has supported hundreds of individuals, organisations and charities. Encouraging diverse forms of artistic expression, supporting those in need and transforming lives across the globe.
The release of George Harrison’s 1973 album entitled ‘Living in the Material World’ coincided with the creation of his own charitable foundation. The royalties from that album – including the single ‘Give Me Love’ – were donated by George in perpetuity to the Material World Foundation.
George established the Foundation to encourage the exploration of alternate and diverse forms of artistic expression, life views and philosophies as well as a way to support established charities and people with special needs.
In the autumn of 1973, the first project of the foundation was the ‘Ravi Shankar Music Festival’, which brought together renowned Indian classical musicians to perform and record compositions especially created by Ravi Shankar.
Even though George passed on from this material world in 2001, his charitable work has continued. In response to an outpouring of emotion by fans and friends, ‘My Sweet Lord’ was re-released in 2002. The profits from that single benefited: Médicins Sans Frontières, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Macmillan Nurses, National Deaf Children’s Society, NSPCC and many more.
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