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VH1, N.Y. media players team for concert

Proceeds will go to Robin Hood Relief Fund for charity distribution

VH1, Cablevision and Miramax will join Oct. 20 to present “The Concert for New York” at Madison Square Garden.

One-night event will benefit victims of the terrorist attacks on New York City and pay tribute to the rescue workers who toiled to help others.

Skedded performers include Paul McCartney, the Who and Macy Gray, with other top artists expected to confirm in the coming days. Also on the lineup are Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as members of Gotham’s sports teams.

Rescuers on hand

Proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund for distribution to the Twin Towers Fund and other charities directly benefiting those affected by the events of Sept. 11. Five thousand members of the New York Fire, Police and Rescue crews and their families will be invited as guests to the concert.

Concert will air live over four hours on VH1 and be simulcast on the VH1 Radio and Westwood One/Infinity broadcast networks. AOL Time Warner will provide Internet support.

Absorbing costs

All costs will be picked up by VH1, Cablevision, Miramax and their partners, including Clear Channel Communications, so that proceeds can go directly to charity. Organizers are also handling a memorabilia auction to further bolster fund-raising efforts.

Despite earlier desire to stage his own benefit, McCartney, whose father was a firefighter in Liverpool, has chosen to participate in “The Concert for New York” to expand fund-raising awareness. Seinfeld will also headline benefit “Stand Up for New York” on Oct. 8.

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